“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!” (Matthew 7:11).
How great is our appreciation for the Father’s love? God, the Good Father, the Ultimate Father, loves His children unconditionally. He does and does and does for His children, giving constantly and above measure. God is the Perfect Father, whose love is demonstrated in every interaction He has with those who are His (cf. James 1:17).
As the Perfect Father, God has shown that love, however, does not mean giving anything and everything that a child might want. There are things we might desire that might not be in our best interest, and God does not hesitate to withhold those things from us. And just like little children, our understanding of His Fatherly decisions may be incomplete, but our faith in our Father’s wisdom, compassion, tenderness, and love provides the sufficiency to our lacking.
As the Perfect Father, God also has shown His love by giving victories. For example, God brought down the walls of Jericho, the purpose being that Israel was unable to take credit themselves, but instead had to give all credit and glory to God. This also served to remind Israel that God would fulfill His promise of giving them the land of Canaan. The greatest example and victory, however, was the Father giving His only begotten Son. In the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, God was able to remind all of the promise of salvation and eternal life, and of His faithfulness to those to whom He has promised.
As the Perfect Father, God has shown His love by giving His children things to do. God has never handed everything to anyone. Abraham, greatly blessed both spiritually and materially, obeyed (Genesis 22:18; Hebrews 11:8). Jesus, the beloved Son of God, learned obedience (Hebrews 5:8). The children of the Father today must obey in order to be free from sin (Romans 6:17). The Perfect Father has given us things to do.
Spend this week appreciating the love of the Father, understanding that His love means that we will be given good things, and as children our gratitude and love returned to Him should be equally constant and above measure.