“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 snake? 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!”
Sometimes it seems as though we don’t remember how long the time period that separates us from when Jesus said these words really is. While the assurance of our Father’s care has never changed, perhaps the answer to these questions wouldn’t be quite so obvious today.
on all sides we se cases of children who have been abandoned, little ones who have nothing to eat, abusive parents who use them to bring in money in order to satisfy their own vices, parents wh0 disappear and broken homes, with all that this implies for the present and the future of our society.
When His ministry was drawing to a close, Jesus spoke of the future and listed certain signs that would indicate that the end of time was near. Those signs are being fulfilled today, and that is yet another reason to trust in the authority and truthfulness of the Bible.
«And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold» (Matthew 24:12).
«Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law» (Luke 12:53).
We are living in those times now. If Jesus spoke today, He would probably have much fewer things to compare His love, care, and protection to- ward us to. The good news is that He invites us to ask for and to find in Him the abundance that the world and some families lack, and for us to share it with others, as well.
«When we beseech the Lord to pity us in our distress, and to guide us by His Holy Spirit, He will never turn away our prayer. It is possible even for a parent to turn away from his hungry child, but God can never reject the cry of the needy and longing heart. With what wonderful tenderness He has described His love!» (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, ch. 6, 132).
May your love never grow cold, and may you show others the love of God today!