The Giving Father
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 27,28; Psalm 4; Luke 11
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 11:1-13
When I first met my wife, her daughter Regan was three years old. I can still remember how awkward I was around her at first. I had little experience with kids (other than my nephews) and so it was quite strange in the beginning. I remember times when I would try to have a conversation with her in the early days, but I never really knew what to say to a three year old. Typically, my topics of conversation were things like “how was your day” or “what does that toy do”. As time progressed, things got easier. I got to know her and she got to know me, and the awkwardness went away. Eventually, she stopped calling me Kevin and started calling me Dad, and I thank God every day for this gift he brought into my life.
Over the years, I have come to understand and appreciate the love a parent has for a child. When I was a kid, I always knew my parents loved me unconditionally. I knew they would always take care of me and that I would always have everything that I needed. As I think back to my childhood, I can remember a couple of things that I wanted that I did not receive, but I cannot remember a single thing that I actually needed that my parents did not provide for me. If it was a necessity, all I had to do was ask and it was given to me. With Regan, I try to be the parent to her that my parents were to me. I try to make sure that she always feels loved unconditionally, and I make sure that she always gets what she needs. My love for her is unending. If she asks me for something that she needs, I know that I will do everything in my earthly power to give it to her as long as she is not asking for something that might ultimately be bad for her. While there are times when Maria and I cannot justify giving her some of the things she might “want”, we will always provide for her needs.
As much as I love my daughter, my earthly heart simply does not have the capacity to love as God loves. While He shares His capacity for love with us and allows us to love others in an unconditional way, His love for us must still be infinitely greater than anything we can ever imagine. With that kind of love for me, I know that God will do everything in His Heavenly power to give me what I need as long as it will not harm me in the end. He provides for us every single day, just as a loving father provides for his children. In addition to all the wonderful blessings He provides for us daily, He has also given us the greatest gift of all – the Holy Spirit. This “comforter” lives within us every day helping us as we walk through our lives on earth. The Holy Spirit gives us just a small taste of what life will be like in Heaven when we will finally get to stand with Jesus Christ and walk with Him. Whatever you are doing right now, I ask that you stop for just a few minutes and take some time to thank God for the gifts He has given you. Thank Him for the gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. Thank Him for sending us the Holy Spirit to live with us daily. Thank Him for his daily provisions and for providing us with everything we need. In short, thank Him for being the giving Father that He is.
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