Devotional Thought for Today
Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
I think some of you may know of a group called BTS. To say my 10-year daughter is a huge fan would be an understatement. If you saw all the posters in her room you would understand. Recently, I had the opportunity to take my daughter to their concert at the Rose Bowl with 80,000 other screaming fans. Believe me when I say this – it was not my 1st, 2nd, or even 50th choice of things I wanted to do on a Saturday evening. However, because I was “lucky” enough to be asked by a good friend if my daughter would like to go, I had a choice to make. I choose to put a smile on my daughter’s face and went with her to the concert. It’s a memory she will never forget and I was able to earn some solid points in the “good dad” column.
As I reflect upon today’s passage I am reminded of how much our Heavenly Father truly loves us. His love for us is unconditional and He does not hold back anything back. Because He loves us so, He not only gives, He knows how to give to us. A father would not give his children something that is harmful; he gives his children what they ask for. How much more would our Heavenly Father do for us? It cannot even be compared. In His time and in His way, our Heavenly Father pours out His love for us and gives us what we need. The ultimate proof of His love is found in John 3:16. He sent His one and only son so that we may have eternal life.
I was so willing to give my daughter something that would make her happy, even though it was something I really did not want to do. However, that fails in comparison to what our Heaven Father gave and gives us. In Him, we find the truest expression of unconditional love. In His love for us He gives us what we ask for—but not everything we ask for. Just like little children who ask for foolish things, sometimes our requests can be foolish. In the “no” we see God’s wisdom and love for us. As His children, He delights in giving us all that is good and all that is lasting. In His wisdom He does not give us our foolish requests. That, my friends, is a true demonstration of love.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me the way You do. In Your love I find comfort, security and peace. I pray that I would be reminded of that love today and that I would be mindful that in Your “no” Your love truly shines through because You know what is best for me. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 2 Samuel 13
Lunch Break Study
Read Luke 15:20-24: So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
Questions to Consider
- What is significant about his father running to him?
- Why did his father put on his best robe, give him a ring, and have him where sandals?
- Really consider how much your Heavenly Father loves you. How does that make you feel?
- It is important to know that once the son decided to return the father, the father’s actions took over. It is the father’s love that covers all. He waited for his son to return and when his son returned, it was the father that ran to him, hugged him, kissed him. It truly a demonstration of the Father’s heart.
- The robe signifies the son’s cleansing from his life while he was away, the ring symbolizes the covenant relationship between the father and son, and the sandals represent that he is free to come and go with no strings attached. His is once again the father’s son and not a slave in the house.
- Personal reflection.
To fully grasp how much our Heavenly Father truly loves can be beyond our scope of understanding. Take some time to put it into perspective and recall moments when you experienced the full love of our Heavenly Father.