WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016
Key Bible Verse: So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:11)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 7:9-11
My oldest daughter, Paisley, is at an age where she loves to ask “why.”
“Paisley, please eat your broccoli.” “Why?”
“Paisley, don’t stick your finger in the electrical outlet.” “Why?”
“Paisley, for goodness sake, please stop licking the dog.” “Why?!?”
Why does she ask “why”?
Certainly some of it is just genuine, unadulterated curiosity. But much of it stems from her desire to insist upon her own way, and more foundationally, it comes from her doubt.
If she really believed that I was wiser than her – if she knew 100 percent that I really loved her and only sought her happiness – she would say, “Okay, Dad.”
And sure, there would be times where she would still ask “why.” She might even express some reluctance. But, she wouldn’t pout and seethe and writhe with anger. She would be grateful.
Do we believe God is good?
If we did, we would obey him. Joyfully. If we did, we would flourish under his jovial reign. But we don’t. We grumble. We complain. We rebel. We are suspicious of our God who continually makes his abundant goodness pass before us doubting Thomases.
– Matt Papa in Look and Live
My Response: When was a time I trusted in God’s goodness or plan in the midst of struggles?
Thought to Apply: With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? – A. W. Tozer (pastor, writer)
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