He is Always Knocking
“Asking only workman’s wages
I come looking for a job
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there” – Simon & Garfunkel (The Boxer)
It’s only when we can’t seem to get what we are looking for that we are susceptible to competing offers as unrelated as they may seem… and we’re usually not asking for much, just workman’s wages, just the basics. It would be nice if we could just get by. We wonder why God won’t, at least, grant us that. It would be nice if God could just make the world cooperate with us… just a little bit, so we can get on with life. He is knocking.
What about when we do get some of what we have gone after. After no small amount of sustained effort, most of us have gotten to the point where we have more than enough of everything we’ve been seeking. Now we’re in real trouble because all of it keeps us sufficiently distracted and we drown out the discontentment. We don’t notice that it’s not enough. He is still knocking.
If we could just be honest about how thirsty or lonely or brokenhearted we are then maybe we would open the door. Otherwise we succumb to the other offers or just trudge on in a state of quiet desperation.
There is a reason it isn’t working. There is only one source of life.
“you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” – Revelation 3:17b
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” – Revelation 3:20