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Giver of good things

Posted: May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I have been reading a book by David Platt entitled, Radical. It has been challenging me on my “need” of material things and as well as relying on the sufficiency of Christ.

In Chapter 3, David is talking about God giving us gifts and how he enjoys giving gifts to his children and providing for them. Then he compares what God gives to His children.

Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Luke 11 says, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Do you see the difference in the verses above? I think they are saying the same thing, yet one is more precise. Let me clarify!

For years, I thought this verse was referring to “common grace.” Like earthly fathers do good things to their children, God does good things also to His children. I thought these “good things” were physical things I may have wanted.

If you read and carefully understand the Luke account, he is very clear that that “good thing” is not physical things but God Himself. I have challenged teens in my youth group and told them the most loving thing/action they can show someone is Jesus and God is doing the same here. The most loving way God can show His children His love is to give them Himself.

This should bring us to glorify Christ. We could pray and ask for something (physical thing), but God has given us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guide, so He can give us guidance! The Holy Sprit is our comforter, so He can comfort. The Holy Spirit is a helper, so He can help us.

It is truly amazing that God loves us so much more and gives us this great gift which is way better than I would have asked for and am so grateful for the Holy Spirit!

-Justin

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