What man is there that when his son asks for bread will give him a stone? If he asks for a fish, will he give him a snake? If you as an earthly parent know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more does your Heavenly Father know how to give good gifts to you?

Matthew 7:9-11 (paraphrased)

Last week as I was making fudge, I tried to give a bite to my three-year-old son who adamantly refused. His reasoning for this was that it was not good because he had never tasted it before.

My response was, “Really? Do you think I, as your mother, would offer it to you if it wasn’t good?” 

With this logic, I finally won the day and he tasted it and forever fell in love with my Grandma’s peanut butter fudge.

Even while I was reasoning with him, the words I was saying struck me as familiar. This was because in my devotions several weeks ago I had read these words, “If you as an earthly parent know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more does your Heavenly Father know how to give good gifts to you?” (Matthew 7:11 paraphrased).

My words to my son, and Jesus’ words to me, collided in my head in a burst of understanding. How many times has God chased me around saying, “Really! Trust me, this is good for you. You will like it.” All the while, I was running and saying, “No! I have never tried that before, so I won’t like it!”

Then I look back at all those times I did this and realize that when I took the gift God was giving me, it always turned out for the best and I liked it. I could have saved myself a lot of stress, exhaustion, and anxiety by taking God at His word and knowing that he would not give me anything bad.

This week is Christmas and most of us have been out buying gifts for several weeks now. When we buy gifts, we are always looking for good gifts, those that the receiver will love, want, and appreciate. We also hope to get good gifts from others because, let’s face it, no one wants something they cannot use.

For Christmas, God sent us the best gift. He sent his own son down to Earth to live for 33 years. This is only a speck of time in eternity but think about it in terms of our thoughts and ways. Here is Jesus, living in Heaven, a place of wonder and awesomeness. He is God.

Then there is Earth, full of crazy people, crazy events, and lots of sin. And Jesus said, “Sure, I will go down there and live a human life for a while so that I can save those people and bring them to live with me.”

Talk about good gifts! So this week, as you are finishing up your shopping, wrapping, and preparations, be sure and remember that God thinks of us in the same way that we think of our children and he only wants to give us good gifts, the very best he has!