I am so excited to share today this excerpt from Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Sight Through Believing God’s Word by my friend Elisa Pulliam. Elisa is giving away a copy of her new book, so be sure to join in this opportunity by commenting on my blog.
Is it easy for you to think of God as your good Father, who is pleased to give good gifts to His children? Or has your experience with your earthly dad made this perspective challenging? When you think of good gifts, are you imagining something tangible, like a house or car, a job or a vacation? These are the questions I’ve been forced to wrestle with as I try to make sense of my life in light of Luke 11:13, “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.” Does this simple verse cause as much chaos in your heart and as it does in mine?
My parents divorced shortly after I came to know the Lord in college and my relationship with my dad took a turn for the worst over the next decade, culminating in a horrible falling out. I felt like an orphan on so many levels—a fatherless daughter. I couldn’t understand how it could be God’s will for me and questioned how He was about the business of giving good gifts, if He wouldn’t even give me my dad back? It took time for me to learn that what God deems as good gifts are entirely different than what we perceive with our human understanding.
The good gift is actually the best gift God can give us—the fullness of His presence through the indwelling Holy Spirit promised by Him when we place our faith in Jesus Christ.
As our heavenly Father, God will pour out His blessings in so many unique, personal, and practical ways, but none compares to the presence of Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts and minds. I uncovered that truth as I leaned more into God during that time I was hurting the most. His goodness came as I developed a deep abiding relationship with Him. He held me up. Covered me with His love. Reminded me of my worth. Laid down His life for me. And cared for me as my heavenly Father.
Those years of separation from my dad actually became the time when God accomplished the most beautiful and sanctifying work on my heart and soul, as I depended on the Him more than ever before. When God promises good gifts, He means it, my friend. Will you believe this truth, even if you’re in a place in which it doesn’t feel true?
God, I believe that if I, a sinful person, can desire to give good gifts to my children (by birth, adoption, or spiritual adoption), how much more You will give the Holy Spirit when I ask it of You. Forgive me for the times I doubt Your love for me. Forgive me when I demand gifts that won’t last until eternity. Help me to see You as the good Father You are as I treasure the gift of the Holy Spirit living within me. In Jesus’ name, amen
What does it look like to see God as your heavenly Father who is about the business of giving you the one gift you need most of all—the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling in your soul?
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**** The winner of Unblinded Faith is Dorothy Cunningham. Congratulations, Dorothy!***