Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. Acts 12:16a (NLT)
How hilarious, the image of the escaped Peter standing outside knocking while everyone inside is celebrating his escape. What a comical moment, to picture him standing there knocking. “Hello? Anyone want to actually let me in? I’m a man on the run here!”
What a funny but apt word picture. Jesus used knocking as a consistent theme and metaphor in His teaching:
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Today, I’m mindful of the things for which I continue to approach God to ask, seek, and knock – and even though I feel like Peter standing outside in the cold knocking forever – I’m encouraged to keep it up. Just like in Jesus’ parable, sometimes the persistence pays off.