{Luke 11:13; NLT}

“So if you sinful people 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.”

How the earthly father would love a child who would creep into his room with a troubled face and sit down at his feet, saying when asked what he wanted, “I feel so naughty, papa, and I want to get good.” Would he say to his child, “How dare you! Go away, and be good, and then come to me?” Will we dare to think God would send us away if we came thus? ¬†Would He not be pleased that we came, even if we were as angry as Jonah? ¬†Would we not let all the tenderness of our nature flow forth on such a child? And will we dare to think that if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, God will not give us His Spirit when we come to ask Him? Will not some heavenly dew descend cool on the hot anger? Some genial raindrop descend on the dry selfishness? Some glance of sunlight on the cloudy hopelessness? Bread, at least, will be given, and not a stone; water, at least, will be sure, and not vinegar mingled with gall.

George MacDonald, The Best of George MacDonald, pp. 108-09

Questions to consider:

  • Why do so many people distrust God to help them become better people? Are you slow to trust God in this manner?
  • Does it help to imagine how you would respond to a child if they made such a request to you?
  • Why is the gift of the Holy Spirit such an important gift?
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