Just a few weeks back most of you were like me, in the middle of Christmas shopping, keeping lists of what had already been purchased and what still had to be located in the store, purchased and wrapped. To be honest with you, in the midst of it all I felt bit overwhelmed. First, I was overwhelmed with how much I needed to accomplish in the amount of time that I had. Next, I was overwhelmed with finding the perfect gifts for each of our children. I want every gift to be exactly like they want for the best price possible so the money stretches as far as possible. I want the gifts to be perfect because I love our children and grandchildren so much. It is my desire to give to them, not because I have to, but because I want to. I love to buy them what they ask for on their list and I love to surprise them with what they do not expect. The reason why is simply because I love them so much that I love giving and giving and giving to them.

As I planned and wrapped I began to think about how much I love our children and why I love them so much. A tear trickled down my face and an overwhelming reality set in. It’s because of God’s love. That’s why I love my family so much; because God loves me, His child. He loves me so much that He gave His only Son to die for my sins (John 3:16). He loves me so much that He wants me to ask Him for more. He loves me and wants to give to me, which teaches me to love my children and want to give to them. God is our Teacher, our ultimate Example! Matthew 7:11 reminds us, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good gifts to them that ask him?” Our children know how to ask us for gifts and we know how to give them gifts. God knows how to give us gifts, but do we know how to ask Him for gifts?

God gave us the Holy Spirit. When we trusted Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit moved inside of us. We should yield to His leading each and every day as He will help us and never mislead us in our daily walk. Luke 11:13 clearly states, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Our children feel comfortable asking us for a toy, a dollar, and even expensive gifts on their Christmas wish list; but, do we feel comfortable asking the Holy Spirit to lead us, fill us, use us?

God so willingly meets our needs and supplies many of our desires. He does this because He loves us so much! He wants to give us what we ask for, what we need and meet the desires of our heart. We are His children by birth! Just as it brings us much joy to give gifts to our children, so it brings God much joy to give to His children. Luke 12:24, “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much moreare ye better than the fowls?” Why do we have such a difficult time of asking and believing that God can and will do for us His children if we will only ask?

God is faithful. How much more He wants to give us if we, His children, depend on our Heavenly Father for His provision. Luke 12:28 “If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” What are your needs? Have you asked God to meet those needs?

How much more does God love His children? Oh, my friend, He loves you and me more than we could ever comprehend. Consider how much you love to care for your children and give to them. God is our Teacher. We are His student. We learned to love from God. We learned to give from God. How much more does He love us? Much more than we could ever imagine! Much more than me!