Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 14, 2019

“how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:9-13.

“So I say to you, 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.  Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish;  he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?  Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”  Luke 11:9-13.

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Is the basis of what God gives man-centered or God-centered?

Does God give us good gifts because we are good?

Or, does God give us good gifts because He is a good Father?

Other doctrine teaches that God is like Santa Claus and gives on the basis of whether we are “naughty or nice”.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God is like a father who gives good gifts to his children.

This is such an important point that the Heidelberg Catechism teaches that our belief of God must be such that we believe that God is our “faithful Father” Who will give us what is good.

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.

“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 7:11.


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