Art Toombs Ministries 

Online Bible Commentary

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (NIV)

This passage ends with the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule is often quoted by Christians and non Christians alike. It seems to be universal thought in our culture.

So how do you square that with the majority of our culture thinking that God is mean and vengeful? How could Jesus have said those words, if that was not His character.

Thus, we have yet another flaw in the thinking of our culture. God is not mean or vengeful. God wants what is best for each of us.

As this passage says, He is our Father in Heaven who gives good gifts to those who ask Him. He is the perfect Father that none of us had. He is the Father who is not capable of failure. He is the Father that all of us fathers wish we would have been.

So if He “only gives good gifts to His children”, why do so many people think God is mean? Obviously the answer is that these people are not His children.

Even though we are made in the image of God we are not all His children. The Bible is clear that to be a child of God you must be born again in spirit. In other words, you must be a Christian.

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” God will open the door of His good gifts to you, if you only knock. Reach out to Him.

The Bible says you will never regret putting your faith in Jesus Christ.