“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)
There used to be a song that we played at Christmas services, called “Oh, What a Gift.”
Oh, what a gift is God the Holy Spirit!
John Piper said: “When you stop to think that God is infinitely strong and can do all that he pleases, and that he is infinitely righteous so that he only does what is right, and that he is infinitely good so that everything he does is perfectly good, and that he is infinitely wise so that he always knows perfectly what is right and good, and that he is infinitely loving so that in all his strength and righteousness and goodness and wisdom he raises the eternal joy of his loved ones as high as it can be raised—when you pause to consider this, then the lavish encouragement of this God to ask him for good things, with the promise that he will give them, is unimaginably wonderful!”
Isn’t that great? When God gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask, He is giving us a gift that will not disappoint. There’s a line in a Laura Kalpakian book: “When you bite into a chocolate truffle, you don’t want to find oat bran.”
No. You won’t be disappointed!
Many pull back from the searching and seeking that Jesus encouraged. He urged His followers to seek, ask and knock and to keep on at it. The Psalmist called upon the covenant people of God to “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” C.S Lewis completed the Narnia stories upon the challenge to “Go further up and further in!” This is a treasure that will thoroughly satisfy and yet create hunger for an infinite more!
In the Holy Spirit, God gives us a gift that He won’t take away because He gives us the gift of Himself!
And He declares “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”