Published October 25, 2011
Matthew 7: 7-11 reads: "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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 good things to those who ask Him!"
Do we expect good gifts from God the Father? We know all about the good gift of heaven that will be given to all who love Him and accept His plan of salvation. We know about the gift of peace, real peace, whether in life's circumstances or as we go through the journey of death. Does God give good gifts in our lives today?
Two weeks ago, Paul was called for jury duty. He was to serve four days minimum, starting on Tuesday. (Monday was the Columbus Day holiday.) He was willing to serve, but I wasn't so happy having him out of the office and studio. It was especially undesirable since I ended up with the flu and the remains of a bad cold.
Paul left for the courthouse to be there by 7:30 a.m. I headed to the office where I emailed a friend that day about Paul and jury duty. I concluded with "I need him back at the office, but I am just telling God to work all things for His good."
The day progressed and I was surprised to have a phone call from Paul about 10 a.m. He told me he was leaving the courthouse and on his way back. The last remaining case for this month was settled out of court that day at 8:20 a.m. and all of the prospective jurors had, as a result, completed their service and the jury pool was dismissed.
God answered my prayer. Not only did God answer my prayer, but He answered beyond what I might have asked. I would have felt guilty asking that Paul would only need to be at the courthouse for a little over two hours. God answered better than any scenario that I might have imagined. I couldn't have asked for this plan of action since it was beyond my thoughts.
Isn't that just like God? He doesn't just answer our prayers. He answers our prayers with good gifts that we couldn't even imagine. "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 good things to those who ask Him!"
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