I love the great relationship that my wife Marta has with our granddaughters. She gets to spend a lot of time with them and take them to the park, the mall, and they do all sorts of fun things. I know that both she and the girls are blessed by the time they spend together. She is a great nana. She loves to bless the girls with things they like. A couple of weeks ago at the mall, after she bought the girls some cute T-shirts, she treated Avery and Haley to a cookie. Avery took a big bite out of her M&M chocolate chip cookie, smiled and said, “I love going to the mall with you Nana.” A few days later she was visiting the girls at their house. Avery called her nana into her bedroom and said, “When I go to bed at night my mommy turns off my lamp and it’s a little too dark for me when I wake up at night.” It seems that her night light had burned out and she had been using her lamp to compensate for its loss. Avery would turn on the lamp when she went to bed and later on, her mom would turn it off. Like any good Nana, Marta assured Avery that it was okay, she was safe and that she had nothing to worry about. Even though she calmed Avery’s fears you better believe that within a few days she had bought Avery a good night light to replace the one in her room that had burned out. I love seeing the good gifts that my wife gives to the girls – gifts which are not only things that will bring them joy but also things which will meet their needs. I am also glad that my granddaughters recognize that they are loved and that they can go tell their nana what is on their mind and anything that may be troubling them. We should have the same confidence in the Lord.
Think about how much you love your kids, grandkids and your spouse. Think about how you love to bless them and take care of them. Now multiply that by one hundred or one thousand or even the biggest number you can think of. You still haven’t approached the level of the loving or giving of our God. In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus is in the midst of His Sermon on the Mount. He has taught on the Lord’s Prayer, not worrying, the Golden Rule, and many other wonderful teachings and then He shares how God’s ability to give and love so greatly surpasses ours. He says in verse 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
The Lord knows how to give. The Lord knows all of the things you need and all the things that will truly bless you. He knows all of the things that you may be doing to compensate for the night lights that are burned out in your room so that you can try to make it through the night. The Lord is ready, willing and able to bless you and meet all of your needs. As Simon Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7, the Lord wants you to “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” But in order for the Lord to meet all of your needs, for Him to take your anxiety and provide you the glorious blessings that only He can, you must come to Him. You must enter the “narrow gate” spoken of in Matthew 7:13-14. You must be reconciled unto God the Father through a relationship with Christ as your Lord and Savior. He is the narrow gate. Yes, God the Father knows how to give. And He has given us His Son. Receive Him. I promise that you will love walking with Him. I promise that you will be blessed by your relationship with Him…in the hereafter and in the here and now. He will help you live and love well. Until next time keep the faith.