“Good Gifts”

On June 18, Father’s Day, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 7:7-11.

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

What exactly does this mean? Haven’t we all asked for things that God has failed to deliver?

About two years ago I lost most of my hearing. My left ear is diminished and my right ear is gone. I became one of those “hard-of-hearing guys,” and frankly it’s been a drag, not only for me but for those who have to put up with me. “Eh?” “Excuse me?” “What did you say?”

If you’ve ever called out to me and I walked on by, I promise I wasn’t ignoring you, I just didn’t hear. On a positive note, not hearing well has made me concentrate better on listening to people. It’s also given me a greater admiration for our deaf brothers and sisters who thrive without any hearing and bless us with their beautiful signing. Nevertheless, it’s been a struggle.

Trust me, I’ve prayed about this. I’ve directly asked God to heal me and restore my hearing. Alas, it was not to be.

Although, after much encouragement from Jan, Al Jones, Craig Cannon, Marsha Hughes, and others, I went to the doctor this morning and got hearing aids. Sounds are rushing in that I haven’t heard in a long time: the chirping of birds, the voices of children in the distance, even the clicking of my keyboard as I write this. Praise God for all the ways we are healed: through miracle and medicine and prayer and surgery and technology.

God is the giver of every good gift!

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