Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! ~ Matthew 7:9-11
God is good, certainly good to His children.
Asaph said it this way:
Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart! ~ Psalm 73:1
And God is the giver of good gifts!
James puts it this way:
Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17
What sort of gifts?
Well John tells us:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
Jesus, in Luke 11, using the same line of reasoning as noted above concludes like this:
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? ~ Luke 11:13
Another good gift can be found back in the first chapter of James:
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5
Paul tells us of a few other gifts:
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 5:17
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23
...being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; ~ Romans 3:24
Paul detail 9 gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12
Let me recap.
God’s word explicitly says He gives:
- The Holy Spirit
- Abundant Grace
- Eternal life
- Not to mention the gifts of the Spirit - word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, effecting of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, various kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. (taken from 1 Corinthians 12:8-10) (oops – I said I would not mention those)
So there you go – Our Father gives incredible gifts. What a great Father!
See you tomorrow for more!