“How Hot Is It?”

It’s that time of year again when jokes start being made about the heat.  “It is so hot….”  “How hot is it?”  “It is so hot that the polar bears are wearing sunscreen.”  Or, “It is so hot that the cows are giving evaporated milk.”  Or, “It is so hot the Optimus Prime transformed into an air conditioner.”  I’ve got dozens more, but I will spare you.  The point is that we tend to measure things in extremes because extremes tend to grab our attention.

Jesus often used this same strategy.  He said in Luke 11:9-13: “So I say to you, 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. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

From the jokes we may tell, the point should be obvious: it is hot.  From the examples Jesus used, the point should be just as obvious: God is good, so ask away.  What if we were to ask a different question?  “How good is God?”  “God is so good that He created everything.”  “God is so good that He gave you life.”  Or, “God is so good that He gave His only begotten Son.”  Now, if you read these and happen to think, “What’s so extreme about that?” let me please encourage you to stop and think about it.  Who else can do these things but God?  God did not do these things because He had to, nor did you do so because of a challenge or a dare, nor did He do them out of pity.  He did them because of love.  God is so good that David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered”—Psalm 40:5.

So go ahead and ask.  Ask big of God.  Ask plenty of God.  Ask often, and ask thoroughly.  How good is God?  He is better than we can possibly imagine.

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