Same Notes (Matthew 7:9-11)

The first time I played an electric guitar, it was a life changing experience! For two years, prior to that moment, I had only played a classical guitar. The strings on a classical guitar are nylon and soft whereas the strings of an electric guitar are metal and very hard. Not only did I have to alter the way I pressed down upon the strings, the same notes and chords sounded different. It encouraged me to play in a different manner and expanded the way I played the instrument. I began to pick the guitar differently and I was encouraged to learn new styles of music as I explored the possibilities of my new instrument. It was the same notes and chords but from a new perspective!


Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:9-11 (ESV)


I love God and know that He is my Heavenly Father. But when I became a father, these same familiar words of the Bible, took on a new perspective. As I raise my son and daughter, not only do I appreciate the new biological relationships,  I understood and viscerally desire to want the best for my children. And I as experience this, my understanding of God’s grace and mercy for me is enlarged as I see my perspective toward Him change. God’s love is even more personal and intimate to me. Like my children who are dependent upon me, I became more dependent upon God.


Abba! Father!


Same perspective.


God’s Word is living and active and continues to transform my soul!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.