The Father Who Gives Good Gifts

12th January

You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.

Matthew 7:9-11

Jesus, in His sermon on the mount, addresses the issue of giving (and asking). He alludes to a parent and child relationship as an example to explain His message. He asks His audience a rhetorical question, ‘if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake?’. The obvious answer of any good parent would be ‘of course not’ right? Parents want to give their children the best they have to offer. Jesus then explains that, if we as sinful people (compared to God), know how to give good gifts, then can you imagine how much more our Heavenly Father has in store for us?

Yet there are two problems with this example. FirstlyWhat if my earthly parents did give me a ‘stone’ when I asked for bread? Secondly – I feel to ashamed to ask God for anything.

The great news to both those questions, is that God is a kind, generous and compassionate Father. He truly does want to give us good gifts. The greatest gift He gave us was Jesus; so if that is a measure of His goodness, can you imagine what else He has in store for us. Our earthly parents may not have set a good model of generosity, but as we grow in our understanding of who God is, we soon discover what a wonderfully generous God we serve. So much so that Jesus Himself tells us that we should not hesitate to ask God for anything in faith, ‘Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for.’ Know this; God wants to bless us with every good and perfect gift. He wants to shower His love and kindness over His beloved children. We are His children. Let us open our arms and hearts to receive all that He has for us.

It’s Better To Give

11th January

Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

The principle of giving should be an evident fruit in any believers life. Not just financial giving, but giving of time, acts of kindness and love, and service towards others. Yet the principle of giving is not made up but the writer of proverbs or some other human writer, it is a principle that comes from God Himself.

Father God knew that His relationship with mankind had been severed by man’s sin in the garden of Eden. He knew the only way to restore that relationship was to send Jesus Christ, His One and only Son as a sacrifice for our sins, to pay the debt we owed and restore mankind’s relationship with God. In other words, God sent His best, His Son Jesus to this earth, for our sakes.

Yet God’s gifts started way back from the beginning of time. He gave humanity trees and crops to bear fruit and vegetables, He gave Adam Eve as a partner, He gave women the ability to reproduce, and even though man sinned when they ate the forbidden fruit, He continued to pour His love, grace and mercy on mankind throughout history.

We have been set the greatest example of giving by the creator of every good perfect gift. Let us remember that all we have is a gift from God; whether financial wealth, friends, family, property, food on your table and clothes on your back. All we have and are is a gift from God. It should be our pleasure to replicate our Father’s action, in our generosity both to God (firstly) and to others.