God is Good
11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
This past Sunday was Father’s day and it was my first Father’s day with my son Brice. And as a pastor in training at First Baptist Church of Tempe I was also scheduled to preach this past Sunday evening. My passage was from the Gospel of Luke, Luke 11:1-13 to be exact. I spoke on the way the Lord instructed the disciples to pray, and the parable of the Friend at Midnight found in verses 5-8. I also spoke about the way Christ continues to further describe the giving nature of God.
In Luke 11:11-13 we are given a picture of the giving nature of God by Christ using earthly fathers to contrast with our heavenly father. As I read verses 11-13 I began to think of Brice and my relationship with him. I thought of all the times he “asks” for things (bear in mind he is 11 months old and asks through body language, grunts, even the occasional scream). All day long when I am holding my son he wants, needs, and desires different things. Some of the things my son desires are good like, clean clothes, water, food, a clean diaper, to play, et cetera. However, some of the things my son desires are bad like, sharp objects, dog food, random trash outside on the ground, hot metal that will burn him, small objects that will choke him, et cetera. While each of these categories are extremely different on the safety scale, nonetheless, he displays the same desire, need, and want for each.
With this understand as a father I can better understand these words of Christ. If I as a finite, fallible, wretched human being can discern what is best for my son and give it to him, why do I not trust that my heavenly Father can also do the same or better? The reality is that God infinitely knows what is best for me more than I know what is best for my son, Christ says so Himself “how much more will the heavenly Father five the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” In the summation of my life there is very few gifts that have radically changed both the way I am on the outside and the inside, and only one that has brought my spirit to life—and that is the Holy Spirit. Now, this indwelling is the greatest gift we can receive, and how much more guidance and empowerment do we receive only by asking! It is a beautiful picture of how our Father in heaven masterfully takes care of us.
So how much do you trust and lean on this understanding of God? How much do you fellowship and submit to the heavenly Father who takes great care of you and has your best interest at heart? If God is real then you only have Him to thank for your life to begin with, the very breath you breathe is a gift, so be thankful.
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