It used to be that there was safety in number. That was when sectors unionized, communities organized and people socialized. Now a neighbor could be a registered sex offender. Internet hackers and identity thieves are hovering in the clouds. A doctor could be doing health-care fraud, prescription drug abuse or worse intentionally misdiagnosing patients for profit. There is no way of knowing who we should open our doors to or trust with our life and possession. "But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures..." (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
Thus people are all hiding. If you do find them it’s hard to connect. In America doors of homes are always locked. Most have a sign of a security system in front. You can knock but the homeowner has no obligation to come to the door. You can call the phone number but get the voicemail. You can write or send a text message and not get a reply back. The world has become so conflicted that there’s more safety in isolation.
However, there is one door we can knock and be sure to find an answer and it doesn’t take a long ride or calling customer service for an appointment. It doesn’t take money or credentials to be heard.
“Keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you…For everyone asking receives… and to everyone knocking, it will be opened.” Jesus guaranteed.
He didn’t say sometimes or by chance. He didn’t say if you’re good. He said everyone. Everyone means regardless of gender, nationality, religious affiliation or political leaning. The requisite is only that the person keep knocking at his father’s door and he guarantees Jehovah will answer.
I have knocked and asked so many times in my life. I have received undeserved favors just for the asking. The next time you feel in dire need, when all the doors have closed on you, try that one and see what happens.