Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
I heard a brief story in a sermon that really touched me. This was an exceptionally good message, with many quote worthy statements and great passages of scripture shared. Being I’m a writer, I will often draw inspiration from other expressions of faith and creativity. It’s just inspiring to be around someone else sharing their gift from God.
This blog was originally going to be titled Consider Your Ways. That is from Haggai 1:5 Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. But God, right before writing this, highlighted something else in my spirit. He wants me to share a story I heard.
This was in a sermon by Jonathan Brozozog. Over Christmastime the family vacationed in Florida and visited Disney World. One of his young daughters saw a little Mickey Mouse ring she wanted. He plainly told her no, she couldn’t have it. She was disappointed but moved on. Unbeknownst to her, her dad secretly purchased the ring to give it to her as a surprise gift. On Christmas morning when they open up gifts, Pastor Jonathan gave his daughter the present.
With tears he says, “As soon as she opened the box and saw the ring, she dropped the ring and ran to me.”
She loved the gift, but loved the giver more.
It’s a simple story, and yet very profound. When I heard it, I was touched, but focused more on other parts of the message.
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God clearly pointed me back to this. I waited, prayed, and worshipped a little. I’ve learned that when God points to something, there’s a purpose. He doesn’t speak like that for no reason. And I don’t want to miss anything.
I just want my children to love me more than what I give them.
That is what I heard in my spirit. It struck deep and really moved me. It’s not what I’d initially expect El Elyon to say. God Most High. There’s a tenderness that is so familiar. Almost human. We are made in His image. It shouldn’t be any surprise that He is relational.
We were made by God for God.
God wants us. Yes, He wants our obedience and faith without works is dead. But most of all He is fighting for our hearts. He wants to be the first person on your mind when you wake up and the last one you think about before falling asleep. He is longing for you to talk to Him and let Him speak to you.
Yes, He does speak. Many believers have never recognized His voice or tangibly felt His presence. That’s terribly sad.
John 10:3, 7 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
We can hear the voice of the Great Shepherd.
I shared the story and wrote this blog because someone needs to know that God is a good Father. Maybe you never had a father figure. He walked out on the family, died when you were young or abused and mistreated you. Perhaps you had a good dad but still struggle to trust God with your dreams and desires. Whatever the case may be, God loves you and He desires to give you good gifts. In fact, He wants to give you good things more than you want to receive them. And He loves you more than any earthly man ever could.
Just because you don’t see what you want in your life right now doesn’t mean you never will. Life is about choices and seasons.
Dream again. Desire again. Hope. God wants you. Seek Him first. Make Him the center of your life.
God wants those that will drop the ring.
Psalm 37:4 ESV Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Luke 11:9-13 ESV And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”