Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 “Counting The Days”

What man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 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!” (Matthew 7: 9-11)

Good Morning Friends!

Well…it has started already! You may begin counting the days. Yesterday I was informed by a Facebook post that Christmas is only six months away! This fact has been reiterated by the fact that one of my wife’s favorite channels will actually be showing Christmas movies over the July 4th holiday, so let’s break out the hot chocolate and marshmallows and all sing carols as we watch the fireworks light up the sky, shall we?  Though Christmas day itself is still six months away, we’re encouraged to start getting ready for it now so it doesn’t sneak up on us and we’re left unprepared! And here we are with summer just beginning! As bizarre and annoying as these reminders might be, you can be sure that your children (especially the younger ones), have already started to imagine what would make the perfect Christmas gift. A little later, (which with the trend of things would be sometime next week), when they start playing Christmas music on the radio, you may hear the song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.”  As amusing as this might be, the wise parent would never go so far as to indulge the child by granting this outlandish request. Most parents know how to give good and proper gifts to their children, and seldom if ever would such gifting include the likes of an actual hippopotamus!  After all..we all know whose responsibility it will be to clean up after the thing.

In Jesus’ teaching, he reminds us of God’s wisdom in giving good gifts. The child in Jesus’ example is wiser than the one in the song I just referenced, asking for bread and fish and not a hippopotamus- both good and necessary items. If the child had asked for a stone or a poisonous snake, do you think the wise father have granted the request? Of course not! There are times as we pray when God understands that the thing for which we are praying might turn out to be a “snake”- like winning the lottery, for example- and our request remains ungranted despite our persistence. As we learn to know God better to be the loving Father he is, we learn to pray for those things that will truly be a blessing to us and not harm us, and will also glorify God. God is not selfish or stingy. He is a loving father who knows us better than we know ourselves. If we who are sinful at heart know how to give good gifts to our children, just imagine how kind the “Creator of Kindness” can be! He is the “giver of every good and perfect gift” even before Christmas ( which as of today’s post is but a mere 182 days away). Let’s pray!

Kind and merciful God; Indeed, You are the giver of ‘every good and perfect gift.” Thank You, Lord, for not indulging our every whim by giving us whatever we request, but by generously granting our requests for those good gifts that will truly enrich our lives and bring glory to Your Most Holy Name! Accept our gifts of thanks and praise to You throughout this and each new day, Lord. Amen!

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