“Daddy, pleeez…” Our oldest daughter, twelve-year-old Lisa, pleaded with her dad.
My husband, Alan, has a special place in his heart for all three of our daughters. When they were young he had a hard time saying no to them.
On this day it worked to our advantage.
The kids and I had long argued for a dog. We knew we wanted a Labrador Retriever. When we saw the newspaper ad for a litter nearby, we decided to go take a look.
When we arrived there were only two three-month-old puppies left. One was a large male yellow Lab, and the other was a smaller female black one. They were adorable as they played together in that awkward puppy way. They won us over with their little puppy kisses, obviously begging us to take them home.
Oh dear…how were we supposed to choose between them?
We just couldn’t. Two puppies for seven kids seems reasonable, doesn’t it?
The only problem was convincing Alan it was a good idea. So what did I do?
You got it! I dialed his number at work and handed the phone to Lisa.
“Daddy,” she started sweetly. “You know how much we want a dog, right? Well, we found one and he’s perfect!”
How could he resist?
“Aww Lisa, go ahead.” Alan quickly gave in.
“Well, Daddy, there are actually two of them.”
Not giving him time to object, she went on: “They are brother and sister, and they are sooo cute. It would be wrong to separate them! Pleeez, Daddy, pleeez can we have them both?”
Both the puppies came home with us. Alan grew to love them, and he was the one who named them Duke and Daisy. They were a wonderful part of our family for many years.
Because they are his daughters, Alan loved doing nice things for them.
God also delights to give us good things. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:9-11)
He gives us salvation that we cannot earn (Ephesians 2:8-9).
He gives us the promise of His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5b).
He gives us His love and extends new mercy to us every day (Lamentations 3:22).
And He gives us His word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
When it comes right down to it, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Why does God do it? Why does He lavish us with such wonderful gifts?
Because He has a special place in His heart for each of us. We are His children. “…to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God “ (John 1:12). “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
The proof that we are His kids? “The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:5b-16)
God’s gifts are way better than my husbands. Not only because He gives us what is good, but because we are His children, He gives us what is best.
1. Beyond those listed above, what are some of the good gifts that God has uniquely given you?
2. Spend a few minutes thanking God for all the good gifts He has given you.
Father, thank You for the way You love me. It is beyond my understanding and certainly beyond what I deserve. Yet You not only allow me to come to You with my questions and concerns, but You long for me to do so. You call me Your child and let me call you Abba. You know me completely but still love me without measure. Thank You for all the good things You give me: Your grace, Your mercy, Your love, but most of all a relationship with You through Jesus. You are a good Father, and however imperfectly I do it, I love You.