Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 11, 2018

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 7:7-11.

“Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks 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 will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

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Who is God?

There a lot of descriptions of God in Scripture, but the one that is seen the most (or maybe one of the most) is the description of God as “our Father”.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:2-7.

Consider what the Heidelberg Catechism states.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba!  Father!”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,”  Romans 8:14-16.

“Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba!  Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son;  and if a son, then an heir through God.”  Galatians 4:6-7.

In the “Lord’s Prayer”, Jesus taught us to start our prayers in this way.  “Pray, then, in this way:  ‘Our Father who is in heaven, …”  Matthew 6:9.  When we do so, we focus on both the fact that God is Almighty (being in heaven) and therefore able to grant our prayer request and the fact that God is our Father and therefore is willing to grant our prayer request.

Consider how many times a book of the Bible starts by reminding us that God is our Father.  Here are some examples.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore.  Amen.”  Galatians 1:3-4.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:2.

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”  Colossians 1:2.

“Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:  Grace to you and peace.”  1 Thessalonians 1:1.

“Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:  Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Thessalonians 1:1-2.

“To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”  1 Timothy 1:2.

“To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”  Titus 1:4.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Philemon 1:3.

“Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”  2 John 1:3.

“Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:  May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.”  Jude 1:1-2.

In conclusion, the following verses provide a good summary.  These verses help us to understand the love of God for us because He is our Father.  And, this belief, this hope, is important.  As we were reminded by the Heidelberg Catechism and the Scripture shown in this devotion, we cannot believe in God without believing that He is our Father and that He loves us and that He gives us what is good.

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;  and such we are.  For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.  We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.  And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  1 John 3:1-3.


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