“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”-Yeshua, in Matthew 7:9-11
One thing we can say for certain about Christ, he was certain of the goodness, love, and intentionality of his Father. He knew, without a doubt, that He was prized and adored by his Father, and that assurance gave him the strength and courage to stand tall, set his face like a flint, and endure what He had to endure for us, because of ‘the joy set before him’. That joy was in knowing he was a beloved son, the apple of his Daddy’s eye. Further, the joy also lay in knowing that the same Father that loves Him so, loves US in the same manner, which is why Christ was sent to do what He did. Father wanted his children back. Now we have the best Father in the world.
And we have the opportunity to model OUR Fatherhood by that standard. We don’t always do the best job, though, do we?
BUT, it’s encouraging to know that, even though we are less than perfect, we are still capable of giving good things to our sons. That’s the essence of what Christ said about us. The best part is that, while we sometimes get it right, albeit imperfectly, our Father does it for us perfectly, all the time. So whatever we do for our sons, the Father does it for us even moreso. Giving gifts to our sons, simply because they are our sons, and because we love them, is following in the footsteps of our True Father.
Just yesterday, I was in Dick’s Sporting Goods, trying to figure out how to spend a fifty dollar gift card. I had been in there two or three times already, and though I love their camping section, nothing was appealing to me.
I think God was thwarting my self-seeking, in order that I might live out what Christ said there in Matthew, because out of nowhere, I thought of how much fun my boys have been having recently with their newfound love: Airsoft. I was drawn to the airsoft section, where I paused on the cool, ninja-like facemask/goggles that were made for airsoft. It was as if God said to me, ‘give good gifts to them’. So I bought one for each of them. Before taxes? They were 49.98. Perfect.
And oh, the look on their faces when I brought them out. Priceless.
Yes. Give gifts to your sons. For no particular reason at all. Remind them that they are prized by their father. And remember how much more our True Father prizes us.