9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!
In these verses, Jesus tells us who God really is and who we are. In these verses, we find a picture of the relationship between God and us. The illustration is clear and vivid. Jesus reminds us that if a hungry child asks his or her father for food, the father will, of course, give them food, and not a rock or a stinging insect. Jesus points out the imperfection of earthly fathers and the perfection of the Heavenly Father, lest we get the two confused. God is a father like no other. God the Father will always give what is good to his children.
I am a mom of two precious young adults. They are not perfect, but I am their mom. I love them, no matter what they do or say, ever, I love them. I love them not because of what they do or don’t do, or because of how good they are or not, but because I am their mom. They are mine and I am theirs. And as unconditional and deep as my love for them is, God’s love is deeper. I remind myself often, especially in moments of worry for my kids, that God loves them even more than I do. It seems impossible, but it is true.
God loves each of us because God is our Father, our Creator, our Redeemer. God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. God came incarnate in Jesus with the purpose of making that love available and evident. Jesus the Christ revealed that love on the cross. It is up to us to respond. Just like a child can disobey, reject, and leave a parent, we too have the free will to walk away from God. But much like the love of a good parent, God’s love for us will never end, nothing we do can escape the grace God offers us. And just like a loving parent, God will continue to call us back toward home with grace and mercy.
God loves you with a deep love that transcends everything else in life, not because of who you are, but because of who God is. May that grace offer you peace, hope for your future, and courage to walk into the future unafraid.
Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so. Thank you for giving me the kingdom, allowing me to play a part in your great love and grace. Remind me that life is about more than the daily necessities, and show me what it looks like to see your kingdom. Give me courage to follow you each day. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
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