“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?” Matthew 7:9-10
In today’s text, Jesus refers to the way that parents were designed to provide for the needs of their children. First, children derive their very existence through the procreation of their mom and dad. Then, the child physically lives in, and lives off their mother. Once a child is born, parents immediately and instinctively begin providing for every need of their helpless baby. And as parents of teenagers know, this process doesn’t end quickly. Why? Because in spite of all the needs children have, parents are hard-wired to care for and fulfill the needs of their children. The love that grows in the heart of a parent doesn’t end when a child graduates and starts out on their own.
In this aspect of creation, Jesus’ teaching reflects the character of God. He also teaches us how God acts. “As your heavenly Father, he gives you what you need.”
The Apostle Paul writes of God’s character in his letter to the church in Rome, “His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Romans [1:20]).
Simply put, the created order bears witness to the goodness of God. God’s creation reflects who He is and how He acts. He is a powerful God who blesses His children with everything we need.
Father, You are the model parent. From day one until our dying day, You give us what we need. We trust in You. Amen.
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