Won't I give good things to you?
If you know how to give good things to your children, won't your Heavenly Father give good things to you? (Matthew 7:9-11)
If you are a parent, then you know what it means to desire to give your children good things. You love the look of surprise and expression of joy on their faces. But you also realize that you always cannot give them everything they ask for. Some things may be harmful, or may not be what they need. After all, we cannot give them cake every time they ask for it.
We need to look at our Heavenly Father the same way. If we know how to give good things to our children, how much more will God give good things to us? And won't He have just as much joy in giving us these things as we will have in receiving them?
Jesus encourages us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. The answer will come, and it will be good. It may not always be what you want, but it will be exactly what you need.
I asked God for strength that I might achieve,
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy,
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life,
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
-The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier