Our Heavenly Father doesn’t have a personality disorder. He is powerful. But He doesn’t exploit, deceive, manipulate, coerce or abuse. He is relational. But He doesn’t leave us insecure, uncertain, confused or bewildered. He lives in us by His Spirit. But He doesn’t silence us because of our stupidity nor give us moral lists to perform.
How do we know this?
It is because of Jesus and the things He said. Like this next few verses:
“Which of you, if your 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!” (Matthew 7 v 9-11)
How do we know that our Heavenly Father is not a narcissist?
It is the cross.
Whether it be good gifts or the greatest gift being the Holy Spirit (as Luke states) in this context of being highly vulnerable, asking , seeking and knocking, in your anguish and longing, in your desperation for something, your Heavenly Father can be relied upon to give you what is good.
Whether from your earthly father, pastor or line-manager, you may today sadly be carrying a stone or a snake. You may have been deceived, spiritually and emotionally from someone who represents what must be worse than the word Jesus used for the good fathers, ‘evil’.
You may need far more than a simple short blog.
But the starting point is this and it is about your Heavenly Father:
He can be trusted.
Even to simply get you through today.
“Father I need bread and I need fish.”
“I need help to get me through this day.”
How much more … He will give so much more.