~ God Gives Good Gifts ~
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:17-18).
God is good… all the time!
If we could see the big picture we would understand this practically as well as theologically. In a simpler way human parents often deny their children some of what the children feel is in their best interests because the parent sees the bigger picture. Two passages seem particularly relevant.
“Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?” (Matthew 7:7-11, The Message).
“For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:26b-28).
Your daily activities are under God’s watchful eye. Your God is sovereign. Aren’t you glad that you are God’s child, He loves you, and He will not allow anything to occur in your life which is not ultimately for good?
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW