Matt 7:7-11 say, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 things to them that ask him?
Notice that Jesus is talking about a relationship here. He is talking about a relationship between a father and his children. God desires to relate with the human race as a father relates with his children.
Jesus speaking in comparative terms said, if you being evil or natural know better than to give your children a snake when they ask you for fish or to give them a stone when they ask you for bread, how much more shall your heavenly Father give good things to them that ask Him?
When your children say, “Daddy or Mummy, I am hungry, will you give them a stone? Of course not; you will give them bread. Will you give them a serpent or snake instead of fish? No you will not give them something harmful: instead you will give them something that will sustain and fulfill them.
Jesus said if human beings that God the Father created know how to give good gifts to their natural children, how much more the heavenly Father. If we as humans have enough affection for our offspring and enough sense and compassion to provide for their needs and desires, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask Him.
Furthermore, God is not opposed to you having good things. God delights to meet your needs. God delights to sustain and fulfill you. It is so important that you understand this from the word of God for it will help your faith come alive and be strong. There is nothing too small or too difficult for God to attend to in your life. He is your heavenly Father (or He desires to be your heavenly Father if you are not born again).
Nothing is too big for God to give you; nothing is too small or insignificant for God to attend to in your life. There is no dimension of need in your life; be it spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, material, economic, social or relational that God will not attend to. Whatever your level of need in life today, child of God, God wants to meet that need as a loving father would.
In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus was speaking about God the Father in the context of a father-child relationship. This also shows that God’s idea of meeting our needs is not outside of our relationship with Him. Psalm 37:25 says, I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
What does King David mean in this scripture when he says, the righteous? He is talking about those that have a relationship with God; those that love God; those that want to serve Him and please Him. He is talking about those that are in relationship with God.
I want you to see that God’s plan for satisfying the needs of mankind is not outside of a vital, dynamic relationship with Himself. The primary channel, through which God desires to meet our needs as established in scriptures is through a divine relationship or connection with Him; Just as it was in the case of Adam in the beginning when God created him. God was the source of his life and God desired also to be the sustainer of Adam’s life.
God did not ever plan that the source of creation and the sustenance of creation should ever be separated. In God’s mind and in His plan, there is an eternal link between the source of creation and the sustainer of creation. It is a law of divine responsibility that God has instituted on the earth. God institutes that the source of life should be the sustainer of that life. The channel, through which life came, should be the sustainer of that life. God Himself demonstrates this by being the chief responsible agent of the earth.
God, the creator and source of life is also the sustainer and the fulfiller of life. God’s great plan and purpose that He has instituted on earth for sustaining man’s needs is through a divine relationship. Again, Jesus said in Matthew 7:11 said, 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 things to them that ask him?
Jesus in this verse is laying down the fact that God’s provision to us and God’s relationship with us are not disconnected in God’s mind. God desires that it is through our relationship with Him that our needs get met and sustained.
Whenever there is a disconnect in the relationship between man and his creator, you will always find an abnormality in the flow of provision for that child of God; that child of God to whom God is the one behind his provisions.
Earlier we saw in Psalm 37:25, the Psalmist saying, I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. That phrase, the righteous describes a person in relationship with God. The righteous is the one that fears God, the one that walks with God and always has a consideration for God in all his ways. This divine relationship between the creator and the created is the channel through which God meets the needs of the created.
Going back to Genesis, we see that the moment Adam sinned, there was a disconnect in God’s provision in his life. We read in Genesis chapter 3 that the moment Adam sinned, God began to relate to Adam the consequences of his fall.
One of the greatest consequences of Adam’s sin was that man’s empowerment to fail or the curse began to work and that curse distorted God’s perfect plan of provision for Adam. Whereas before the fall, Adam was enjoying already prepared provision; now because of sin and the curse of the fall, Adam had to sweat and toil just to eat. There was a distortion in God’s method of providing for Adam. We also established that the Bible says in Galatians 3:13-14 that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and also the curse of the fall. We have been redeemed from the curse.
The Bible says, cursed is he that hangeth upon a tree and Jesus was hung upon a cross. Jesus was made a curse for the entire human race. Every curse that you were supposed to ever experience in this life was placed upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
So the good news is that you are not cursed if you are a child of God. If on the other hand, you are not a child of God, you can become one today. If you are experiencing the curse in any way, just become a child of God and begin to believe and take advantage of your privileged position in Christ.
Galatians 3:14 says, that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
This passage is talking about the blessing which God promised us through Abraham. Galatians 3:29 says; and if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
So we see here from the word of God, that God’s sustenance, God’s provisions, His ability to meet the needs of mankind are designed to be inseparably linked to His connection or His fatherhood over humanity.
At this point, we reiterate a very important point, God being the creator of mankind is not the same as God being the father of mankind. God is the creator of mankind by the fact that He spoke mankind into existence. He created us. He is our creator but Him being referred to as the Father of any human being comes as a result of the divine birth.