05
Aug
15

The Good Gift Giver

James 1:16-18 (NIV)
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
​God is a good gift giver.  ​He enjoys giving good gifts to His people.  Jesus said in Matthew 7:9-11 (NLT):

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God above.  Everything we need and more comes from our Heavenly Father.  He will provide for our needs.  We need only to trust Him.  The good news about this passage is that God’s character does not change.  We can trust Him because He does not change.  
The promises God made in Scripture are the promises we can rely on today.  God does not tempt us to do evil, for God does not delight in evil.  Rather, according to Jeremiah 32:41, God finds joy in doing good for His people.  I think that we sometimes believe that God is some kind of mean ogre in the sky who is just waiting for us to mess up so He can either withhold His blessing from us or punish us.  Not true!  God is good (all the time)!  He loves us with a perfect, unconditional love.  His love for us does not depend on our love for Him.  1 John says that He loved us first.  He reached out in love to us by sending His Son before anyone even knew that we needed a Savior.  Jesus is the evidence of God’s love and goodness.  He will bless you with good gifts because His character is good.
 
PRAYER: Lord God, I sometimes doubt Your goodness.  I fail to remember just how good You truly are and I am sorry.  Help me to remember Your goodness today.  Help me to trust You with my soul, my family and my life today.  Help me to live to share the good news of Jesus with a world in desperate need of good news.  Thank You for the good gift of Your love, Jesus.  Amen.
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