Sunday, October 26, 2014

Maclaren: the riches of God

Sunday, October 26, 2014
    Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
    Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
    [Jesus:] “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 good gifts to those who ask him!”
    —Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
    We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of the free riches of God?
    ... Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), The Gospel of St. Matthew, v. 1, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1892, p. 112 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:1-12; Ps. 84:11; 85:12; Matt. 6:19-21; 13:44-46; Luke 11:13; 12:33-34; 2 Cor. 9:8-11; Eph. 3:8-9; Col. 2:2-3; Tit. 3:4-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your gifts are beyond price.
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