“Please sir, I want some more.” Oliver Twist
In Dickins’ classic tale, Oliver warily approaches the master and makes his plea, and we see the cruel irony of a hungry orphan being rebuffed by the well-fed headmaster. Yet how often do we approach God with the same trepidation as Oliver Twist? As if He is a harsh master who will refuse us even the humblest request? Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Bible reveals God as a generous Father who loves to give good things to His children.
2 Peter 1:3 says He “has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” Like our daily bread (Matthew 5:11), clothes on our back (Matthew 6:30), and “all these things” that are necessary for life (Matthew 6:33). I’ve been the recipient of His practical generosity and kindness many, many times.
Even more than our physical needs, Peter said our Father will give us everything we need for a godly life: chiefly His Word (John 17:8) and His Spirit (John 14:16). God provides with a generous heart and an open hand.
I love John’s affirmation in 1 John 5:14-15: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” The writer of Hebrews echoes the same thought: “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). That is an invitation we should jump at!
You do not have to come to your Heavenly Father with a sense of apprehension as if you are asking for more than God is willing to bestow. He has so much he desires to give you—till your cup overflows (Psalm 23:5). Don’t come crawling to Him with a little teacup in your hand. Come running to your Father with the biggest bucket you can find, and He will fill it till it spills over and you can’t contain it all. He is a God who loves to give!