“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I chanted over and over again as I pulled into our neighborhood ice cream parlor. My then-preschool daughters chanted along with me as we anticipated our cold treat that would bring relief from the 100-degree Tulsa heat. As we piled out of the car and hurried to get into the air-conditioned building, I couldn’t help but notice a blonde-haired beautiful little boy who looked to be about three years old. It wasn’t his angelic face that first caught my eye. No, it was the ice cream cone that he was grasping.
The cone had a scoop of chocolate topped with a scoop of Rocky Road topped with a scoop of strawberry. Yep, a triple decker ice cream cone for a three-year old. One couldn’t help but giggle as his little one-inch tongue licked and licked with delight. The melting ice cream was running down his wrist and dripping off his elbow onto the hot concrete. Next to him on the sidewalk stood his doting and generous grandfather. The sharply dressed senior citizen chuckled and reported to me, “He’ll never eat it all, but I sure am enjoying watching him try!” That grandfather was having more fun than the three-year-old.
I’ve often heard it quoted that “He is the God of more than enough.” I also hear Christians being offended by what they call the prosperity message. As I look into the word of God, I see an attribute of Him that shows up in the Old Testament and the New Testament, and that attribute is that He is a loving and generous God.
In 2 Chronicles 1:7, God appeared to King Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge to lead the people. God was so pleased with Solomon’s response that He promised him wisdom and knowledge and also wealth, riches, and honor, such as no king who had been before him or after him.
His generosity isn’t just providing for His children materially, but He also abundantly provides ALL we need in ALL areas of our lives. He gives us peace when in the natural there is no way that we should be at peace . . . the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). He abundantly gives wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Just like a good parent wants the very best for their children in all areas of their lives, how much more generous is our heavenly Father.
In Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus said, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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!”
Not only do financial provisions, healthy bodies, stable minds, and extra scoops of detailed individual blessings bring us joy, I know that just like that grandfather, He is enjoying watching us with what He has provided.