I like to think I was a good father who, along with their mother, provided for our three daughters while they grew up. In that regard l like to think I am a pretty good guy, but I know I am also a sinner who is by no means perfect. There were numerous times when I messed up in dealing with our girls, but overall I think I did okay. Our daughters are grown and out on their own doing well. One of them has her own little girl to rear and she is doing a good job.
In Matthew 7:11, Jesus tells us that as sinful (he actually uses the word evil) as we are as parents, we still know how to give good things to our children when they ask. And if we know how to do that, think of how much more God knows how to do it. In this verse Jesus reveals God’s heart. God is not stingy; his children do not have to beg when they come with their requests. He is a loving Father who graciously gives good things to those who ask him. If sinful humans can be kind, imagine how kind our sinless God can be.
Prayer: Dear, Lord God, help us trust that you will always give us what is best, and help us to give what is best to those who ask of us. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.