Day 11 Devo - Good Gifts

One of the examples frequently used to illustrate God's relationship to us is the relationship of a father to a child.  This relationship shows us in many ways what our Heavenly Father is like and how He feels about us.  In R.A.D. month one we studied one very good example of this, as we read about the prodigal son in Luke 15.  From this parable we learned that God's love for us never ends, and His forgiveness is complete and undeserved.  However, some of us may have read that beautiful parable and thought, "My father certainly was nothing at all like that loving father!"  The fathers of this world are certainly not perfect, but our Heavenly Father is.  The best father on earth would still be a poor example in many ways of what our true Heavenly Father is like!

Jesus used the contrast between a worldly father and our Heavenly Father to illustrate how much God wants to give us good gifts, if we will ask Him.

• Read Matthew 7:7-11.

Point to Ponder:

Any of us knows that a poisonous snake would be a very poor gift for a child!  That's just plain old common sense to a loving parent, and not too difficult to figure out.  However, there are some situations where it is a lot more difficult to know for sure what to do.  We sometimes take our best shot, and hope for the best.  If we are willing to trust our faulty judgment in so many ways, how much more should we trust our Heavenly Father to give us good gifts?  He sees everything clearly, and He never guesses!  He knows exactly what is best for us in every situation.  Our loving, devoted Father wants to give us good gifts! 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father...   (James 1:17a)