BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

The God Cloud

Day 21

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

– Matthew 7:7

Today because of technology, we have the ability to grab information for anything we require by using our cell phones, tablets, or computers. You name it, you can find it: directions, food recipes, homework, weather, shopping, images and anything else you can think of – you can find. It has even come to a point where typing your question into a search engine (Yahoo, Google, or Safari) isn’t a requirement, if you use apps like “Siri” or “Alexa” to ask your question right into your device, and bam you have an answer. Also, technology allows us to save our downloaded music, pictures, videos, or other important data from our devices, by utilizing the “iCloud,” “Google Cloud,” or others. Storing your data in the “Cloud” gives you the ability to retrieve it anytime you need it, and for a small monthly fee you can increase your storage cloud if you need it.

When we study the scripture verse above we see three things, ask – which means to make a request, seek – which means to search for, and knock – which means to give sound to.  So just like we utilize “Siri” or “Alexa” to ask a question, we can go before God in prayer, and ask what we need or desire like we would ask our devices. This is the ask part, how we make our requests known to God. The second thing is to seek, or search. We can do this by going to the greatest “internet” search engine ever created – God’s word. Yes it is a little “old” school but when we study it, write it down, and memorize it, we will have the answers to all our questions. The last part is to knock or give sound to, and we accomplish this through our praises of God’s goodness, and our thankfulness for who He is.

Lastly, for you video gamers out here, think of the “Mario” franchise. In the game, a “pipe” is used to transport a traveler across great distances or worlds. The size of the “pipe” can also vary, where some may be too narrow for a human to enter or big enough for a kart or airship to enter it.

This is exactly what the “God Cloud” represents – a pipe to His endless goodness, grace, rewards, blessings, and where all our needs or desires are met. When we break this verse down, it can be translated like this: if we pray (ask), study His Word (search), and shout His praises (knock) – we will never have to worry about our “God Cloud” being too small to handle our needs. We will never run out of storage or lack anything, and the best part is it’s all FREE!!!

Confession for today: “Today Jesus I come before you in prayer, laying all my needs and desires before You. I have searched You with all my heart, and will sing praises for who You are, and what You have done for me. I thank You that I can live in the “God Cloud” where I will never lack, and where every need and desire of my heart is met.”

Living for today,

Mr. Tom