Our Heavenly Father
“If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matt 7:11)
This part of the bible arrested my thought as an epiphany when I read it recently, I have read it quite a number of times before now, at least, I had met it on several occasions along my yearly bible reading plan, but, not until now was I struck by the in-depth meaning our Lord was giving!
In the background, Jesus was teaching his followers and assuring them that our heavenly Father gives answers to everyone who ask, and to make a clarity of his suppositions, he used a father’s love to explain clearer, apparently, there were many fathers around him then, and he asked, “what man is there among you, whom his son will ask a bread, and will give a stone, or shall the son ask a fish and will give a snake?”. They would all have chorused, ‘NONE’. That shows exactly the father’s love for his son!
More, he went deeper and explains, “…if you being evil…!” Relatively, I know of a very mischievous young man, who behaves so much untoward towards everyone, beats and abuses the wife, fights the neighborhood, and on timeless counts, you see him either fighting a fellow man or cussing a young girl. But, this unsaved young man has a little daughter, Simbi, and is so soft and kind towards her. He could go extra mile to give her anything she wants, even though he dislikes the mother- his wife.
That unsaved young man could be an example of an evil man- any unsaved soul is evil, yet, would not want to make his daughter unhappy and would give all she ask. Our heavenly Father is worth immeasurably more than any righteous father, and knows we are in need of the minutest things we are yet to consider.
How much more will our heavenly Father give succor to the ache of His loving children, your secret prayers that is accompanied with tears, your struggles and sighs, your discomfort and poverty, your misery and lack, your singleness and loneliness, your childlessness and joblessness, your grief and disease, your heavenly Father is perfectly aware, and here was the epiphany that caught me, “…how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him”, don’t go to your Father in pity as a morbidly wretched slave, go to Him as His true child, heir of all things, and ask the good things in faith, nailing anxiety- the enemy of prayers, to the cross, and asking him to take the troubles away.
Take the word in its truth value, and believe the One that never can lie!