“For what man among you, when his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or when he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
Loving parents do not give their sons and daughters stones to eat when they ask for bread. Nor do they hand them a snake when they ask for fish. The point is that if we, who are sinful creatures can show such love and compassion, how much more the author of love. There are people who ask the cynical question, “If God is so loving why do we have so much chaos, death, etc.” These are sometimes the same people who often say there’s no God, so we won’t waste any more time focusing on them.
Adonai promises us many things in scripture, and He is faithful and true to His promises. Long before Yeshua referred to God as his Father, Isaiah declared, “For You are our Father— even if Abraham would not know us or Israel not recognize us. You, Adonai, are our Father, our Redeemer— from everlasting is Your Name” (Isaiah 63:16).
God promises never to forsake us, even if our own earthly parents do—”Though my father and my mother forsake me, Adonai will take me in.” (Psalm 27:10)
Yeshua said, “I will not abandon you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 1:27)
He promises to take our burdens from us if we put our trust in him (Psalm 55:22) and not to allow our anxieties control us (Matthew 6:31) but that we should instead turn to God “in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to [Him]” (Philippians 4:6).
He promises that if we ask, He will answer us and that if we delight in Him, He will grant us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). He says to us, “Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
God is a loving Father who delights in His children. Don’t act as though you are unloved or an orphan. Turn to your loving Father with confidence that He hears you and that he will grant you the desires of your heart. Delight yourself in Him, for “those who act faithfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:20b).
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