Words from the Heart for Thursday May 12th, 2016

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Matthew 7:9-12 (NIV)

Asking of God

A good father loves to see his children flourish, giving them what they need. Is not God our Father an infinitely better Father? Trust that His work and gifts are for your eternal joy and good!

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

This past January the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the CRTC, opened up public consultations on whether customers are getting the Internet service they need and want. The Commission asked Canadians what telecommunications services they consider necessary, what they rely on most and whether the cost of those services should be the same everywhere. The commission also wanted to know what upload and download speeds consumers think they need. The consultations followed hearings that resulted last year in new rules for TV service providers. Participants were asked to fill out a survey and send it to the regulator by the end of February. Focus groups were also questioned in small communities, where the CRTC says a large percentage of the population has no or only limited access to telecommunications services. Public hearings on broadband services are now underway.

There is an intimacy with God that is unique to the Christian faith. Because of Jesus Christ, we have the amazing privilege of calling God our Father, or even more intimately abba, daddy. This is foreign to the followers of the world’s religious systems. But for those of us who are in relationship with our Creator through faith in Jesus Christ, it brings great joy. Jesus often compares God to a loving father, and nowhere more clearly and beautifully than in Matthew 7:9-12: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” I imagine that Joseph was a pretty special dad to have been given the role by God of raising God’s Son, the Lord Jesus. We don’t know of course, but Jesus does understand loving human fathers who provide for their children. And He reminds us that if imperfect human dads can provide for their children, how much more will the Lord provide for us. Take time to speak to God today and whatever you ask, do so with the assurance that He loves you and will provide.

These have been words from the heart.

Bob Beasley