“Do you know of any parent who would give his hungry child, who asked for food, a plate of rocks instead? Or when asked for a piece of fish, what parent would offer his child a snake instead? If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?” Matthew 7:9-11 TPT
So many times I’ve heard people say things like, “I don’t believe in God. I asked Him to do something and He didn’t do it.” If your whole preface for believing in God is to get what you want, my friend you’ve missed the point. God isn’t a ‘sugar daddy’, He’s our spiritual Father, our creator, who has good plans for us and longs to care for us.
To not believe in God based on this assumption is equivalent to me not believing I have a body because I don’t like what it’s given me. Yet here I am, staring at myself in the mirror. I may not like what I see, but that’s on me, not God!
Jesus was trying to show people that God is a generous and loving Father. It’s not in His nature to be anything else. When you’re hungry, He’ll feed you. He did it for the children of Israel in the desert. He did it for Elijah under a broom tree. He doesn’t always do it the same way, but He’ll do it.
The thing is, we tend to focus on our physical needs when we should be focused on our spiritual ones. Look at Solomon. He could have asked for anything and God would have given it to Him, but He asked for wisdom and ended up with it all.
In Luke 12:22-23 (TPT), Jesus says, “Listen to me. Never let anxiety enter your hearts. Never worry about any of your needs, such as food or clothing. For your life is infinitely more than just food or the clothing you wear.” Verse 30-31, “People everywhere seem to worry about making a living, but your heavenly Father knows your every need and will take care of you. Each and every day he will supply your needs as you seek his kingdom passionately, above all else.”
Let’s be passionate God seekers. Not for what He can do for us, but for what we can do for Him. Let’s know all about Him intimately, spending time in His presence so that when we go into the world, we reflect the light in us.