Matt. 7:9 (NIV): “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
A tiny girl came into the world, too early to a single mother. The mother was told this baby was her cross to bear for wrong choices. This mother, with three mouths to feed, cried out to God. As the infant’s life hung by a thread, she said, “She is yours, Lord.” That surrender—that gift to God—gave a gift back to her. The little girl became a great blessing and great joy to her mother.
That little girl was me. God is faithful. Even when we stray, make wrong choices or falter, He is faithful. He is there, waiting for us to ask for His good gifts—good gifts from a Good Father. As Romans 8:28 (NIV) says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Call on Him today for the good gifts He has for you as you keep in step with Him. What seems to be a trial may be a gift, in disguise, that draws you closer to Him. There’s no other place I’d rather be.
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.