Advent 2014 – Week 2 Day 3
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. ~Genesis 1:31
When God created the heavens and the earth, He created them good
. Good heavens; good earth. In other words, God created them to be perfectly functional for us, His image bearers, to live in perfect harmony with each other, with nature and with Him. God did this because of His great love for us and His desire for us to have all that we need, provided by Him, our Heavenly Father.
In the Fall, we showed ourselves to be disobedient children, ungrateful for the blessings that our Father bestowed on us. The world that He had created good and perfectly functional, was now in chaos. And as children do, in our shame and guilt, we hid from Him.
Recognizing our sinful past and what we are all born into, we suffer from thinking that we don't deserve the good gifts that God has to give us. As a result, we don't ask Him for anything. We feel undeserving. Or if we do ask, it’s with trepidation for fear we may ask too much. Yet God has made it very clear that His desire is for us to go to Him and make our requests known with confidence in His provision.
The natural inclination of parents toward their children is to provide everything necessary for their development. Parents want to create a good, functional environment for their children to thrive. God, our Father is no different. What He provided for us in the Garden is what He wants to make available for us today, through our faith and trust in what Christ did on the cross. Trust that when you ask anything of our Father, His desire is to bestow on you the good gifts that only He has to give. Do not hide from Him or fear asking Him for anything.
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you; see, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you . 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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!”. ~Luke 11:5-13