We don’t mind giving our boys things they want. I’m not talking about spoiling them. I’m saying that we listen to what they talk about and have a pretty good idea at most times what they are interested in. So, as long as it’s not something ridiculous or something that would hurt them, we like getting those things for them.
Good parents want to bless their kids. That’s really why they want their kids to behave… to do right… to go along with them as parents… to express love & appreciation to them as parents. It’s not because the parents are needy or demanding, but because- if the kids will do these things- it will make it much easier for the parents to bless them and not have to correct or punish them instead.
If we as earthly parents- who don’t have it all together- want to put a smile on our kids faces by blessing them with some of the things they want, why do we have such a difficult time believing that our Heavenly Father wants to put a smile on our faces as His kids?
This is why He gives us guidelines to follow in life. He wants us to do right so that He is free to bless us as His children. So maybe it’s time we adjust our view of the commandments in Scripture from a list of do’s & don’ts which we must keep to earn God’s approval to a way of living which draws us into a closer relationship with Him and creates an atmosphere in which He is free to bless us.
And before we go our separate ways today, let me just add that while we don’t live for the blessings God gives us, it’s also not wrong to want those blessings and ask Him for them as we follow Him with our whole heart.