Our Giving God
By Jana Kelley
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Two little girls sip pretend tea from china teacups purchased at a garage sale.
Girl One adjusts her flamboyant hat and says in her best British accent, “The King has decided to adopt me. He signed the royal papers and will send the royal coach to fetch me tomorrow morning.”
Girl Two claps her hands. “That’s wonderful! Will he also feed you?”
The teacup clatters on its saucer as Girl One raises her eyebrow. “Of course, my dear. He’s adopting me as a princess, to carry on his royal name. Why wouldn’t he also feed me?”
This story about two girls at a tea party highlights a silly conversation. And yet, don’t we sometimes fret and worry like Girl Two?
We say we’ll go to heaven because of what Jesus has done for us. We truly believe Jesus’ death on the cross was payment for our sin, and His resurrection from the dead victory over death.
But then …we worry. Will He really take care of our children? Will He really show us which decision to make when we aren’t sure?
Jesus described God’s graciousness in Matthew 7:11. He said that, if an earthly parent can give good gifts to their children, how much more will our heavenly Father give good gifts to us?
God has already given His precious and perfect Son on our behalf so that we can spend eternity with Him. Why wouldn’t He also take care of our temporal needs?
God is good and you can trust Him.
Jana Kelley, a contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ devotional project, is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. She and her husband married in college and by their second anniversary, they lived in a remote African town. After 13 years in Africa and the Middle East, they moved to Southeast Asia where they and their three boys currently live. Jana is the author of two devotional books and three novels. You can learn more about her at Janakelley.com.
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