“Which of you, if your 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!"
Most of us have grown up in family. To some degree each one of our families have been dysfunctional. For some this has been very minor and for others more severe. As we look back at our parents it is often easy for us to see their faults. As a parent, myself now I have a much greater appreciation for my parents. The great majority of parents try their best with what they have been given. There are not too many parents who wish harm on their kids and while it is not always displayed, have great love for their children.
Jesus here uses this truth to describe the love that our heavenly Father has for us. He says even you, who are evil (I know, pretty strong language here right? But I believe He is just trying to show the contrast between our brokenness and mixed motivations as parents with the perfection of God) still want to do good to your children. He then follows it with a rhetorical question; How much more will our Father (God) give us good things?
God is perfect in every way. He is the perfect creator, saviour, example, friend and of course Father. For some of us there is great difficulty in seeing God as our Father, because our earthly fathers haven’t been great or absent. Jesus says here that God is the kind of Father that you can trust. He is a good and perfect Father, who only wants to give us good and perfect things. He calls us to trust in His goodness, to expect that He will have good things for you. Sometimes these ‘good things’ might not always be what we would consider good and sometimes we don’t always get what we want. But like any good parent God gives us what we need and what is best for us.
In what situation is God calling you to trust in His goodness today?
Who might God be asking you to tell of His great love for?