BY: THIS WEEK’S AUTHOR IS CHOOSING TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
BIBLE TEXT: Luke 11:11-13: “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: “Finances, that’s what worries me, Dad. I am worried that I might not be able to fully provide for my new family.”
It was a straight forward answer to a straight forward question from a father to his son. “What worries you most about getting married?” Immediately the Spirit brought remembrance to my spirit three words I had memorized in a scripture long ago… How much more.
So here I sit, my son is getting married, and all I can think about are the words “…how much more…” from Luke 11:13. And at great risk of taking these three little words completely out of context, let me offer you openly what they mean to me in this season of my life.
“Son, you know that if there is ever a need financially I am more than happy to help, just ask, don’t worry about that. Would I reject you?”
- If your family needs food, I won’t turn you away.
- If your family needs shelter, our home has room.
- I am your father, I am here and I desire to help you through your difficult times that may be ahead of you.
And I thought again “how much more…”
- How much more our Heavenly Father wishes to give to us what we ask for.
- How much more our Heavenly Father stands ready to respond to our requests.
- How much more our Heavenly Father desires to provide for all our needs.
- How much more our Heavenly Father knows and anticipates our needs before we know them.
The question then is two-fold today:
- Do I trust my father? (Heavenly Father)
- What do I need that I need to ask Him for?
PRAYER: Father, thank you for being “How much more” than my earthly father, or than my own self as a father. You desire to great things for us. You desire for us to prosper, not to fail. You already know my needs, you have anticipated them. You have already a box with my name on it ready to respond to my need when I ask.
Father, forgive my pride that keeps me from asking you for what I need. Help me to desire the “how much more…” that you have stored up for me.