The Giving Father

 

The Giving Father

Matt 7:7-11

What kind of Father do we have?

    "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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!"

    Fathers are wonderful. For those of us who had fathers we looked up to and connected with, we know how impactful their influence was and is to this day. For those of us who did not have model fathers or if we did not know our father, we can all look to a significant male role model who filled that role for us, even if they didn’t know they were doing that. In the passage for today, Jesus talks about God as being a Father. He is not only our Creator like our physical father is our creator, but that He is a loving Father. Jesus fights against the prevailing view of his day that God was a harsh, distant task-master, only interested in the ‘holy’ people.

    Jesus compares God to a father that provides not only the necessities but good gifts that go beyond just what the father has to do to what he wants to do. God not only gives to his children but is so good he gives to those who hate him and don’t even believe He exists! God gives rain and sunshine and food to all His creatures but bestows a special blessing of good gifts to His own children.

    As believers, we are told to ask our Father for things that are on our hearts and for things we desire. God is not a vending machine or a cosmic genie that will give whatever our sinful hearts want, but He is non-the-less interested in our lives and wants us to feel connected to Him. What a great thing that our heavenly Father, who never runs out of resources, also never runs out of love for us. Above all physical things He could bless us with, He has given us His Son and has sent the Holy Spirit to live within us. What a great, giving Father! His desire is for us; let our desire be for Him as well.

    Be blessed today!