Thursday, January 11: How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 7:9-12
"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! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
God gives us permission to think of him and address him as our Father in heaven. Try to picture what the best earthly father would be like. He'd never deny his child what they truly need nor trick his son or daughter with inadequate gifts. How much more—don't you love that phrase—will our perfect Father in heaven provide for the needs of those who ask him, seek his will, and knock on the door of his heart.
As you respond today to God's generosity with awareness and gratitude, remember also that the good parent doesn't give his child everything they ask for. Trust your perfect Father in heaven to do what's best for you.