Wednesday, February 17, 2016

God Has Good Things to Give You

By Beth DeCristofaro

(Queen Esther) lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand...Save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness.” (Esther C:14-15, 10)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:7, 11)


Unfortunately we humans know only too well how to give gifts to our children and each other that are far from good.  Even those of us who try to do our best can be derailed by our own interior longings, insecurities, disillusionments and inferiorities which rise up to govern our actions.    It becomes simple to expect disappointment and believe that life is threatening.

How difficult it is then to comprehend a loving parent whose love for us is without bounds.  God’s love is not mean spirited, frustrated, manipulative, or even has strings attached.  Queen Esther believed wholeheartedly that as alone and frightened as she was, God could and would save and also fill her with gladness and healing.  God answers our knocks and our seeking.  It is God’s grace that helps us recognize how our prayers are always answered although perhaps not as requested nor as expected. 

Knock.  Ask for your heart’s desire and trust that God knows what it is even better than you do.  Give thanks for what you have and give thanks in advance for what you will receive.  If heartache persists reach out to someone else hurting and offer the love God offers you to her/him.

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