Lenten Devotion — Saturday, March 30, 2019 Guest Author Alayne McNulty
Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake? …or give a scorpion instead of an egg? …If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
I grew up in a tradition that encouraged me to ask the Father to give the Holy Spirit. We were told that our bodies were temples in which God’s Spirit would dwell. All I had to do to open my door was ask. The idea of inviting the Holy Spirit seemed equally great as well as frightening. God could no longer just be a distant figure or idea and suddenly the spirit world became more real. Was I even safe? There are after all a lot of scary evil spirit stories in the New Testament too. How could I be sure that I was welcoming the right one? Jesus apparently considered our concern. Just before this verse in Luke 10:19, Jesus says he gives us “power over serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy-they will not hurt me.” And then in this verse 11 he uses those exact same two words (snakes and scorpions) to illustrate his willingness to give only good gifts. So when I asked, I wasn’t going to get duped in what I received. I didn’t have to be afraid. And receiving God’s Holy Spirit is truly a good gift for everyone.
God dwell with us and in us and fill us to overflow and bring life and truth and comfort to all.