"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
I recently had an opportunity to stay overnight on the coast. There was to be a very low tide early the next morning. I made plans to get up before 6:00 a.m. so that I could comb the beach. No one in the family wanted to get up that early on a vacation day to join me.
On the beach that next morning, the ocean was out quite a ways. The sun was just beginning to peak over the coastal hills. I saw very few people.
As I walked along the waters edge, I came across some cool shells, some were washed up starfish and two were unbroken sand dollars. It had been a long time since I found whole sand dollars. Then I began to thank God for all of His good and perfect gifts.
I understand that James 1:17 isn't necessarily talking about sand dollars. In its context, that verse seems to be saying that instead of having any part in tempting us, God is constant in His giving of good gifts that give spiritual life. But we have to receive His gifts.
Most people don't receive the most important gift of God. "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)
You need to admit and repent of your sins, and then believe that God's Son Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins, and then invite Jesus into your heart. That's how you receive God's greatest gift of forgiveness and salvation. But that's just the beginning of enjoying God's good and perfect gifts.
"From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." (John 1:16). For those who have committed to follow Jesus, there are many more good and perfect gifts waiting to be received.
Some gifts won't be in your posession until you speak to God more consistently throughout each day. Most gifts won't be received until you regularly look to the Bible on how to live your life. Some are waiting for you to obey God in your relationships. Other gifts will be yours when you forgive those who have wounded you. And some gifts will be received when you get up before most everyone else and take a walk, thanking God for what you discover.
It's great to know that our never changing God has good and perfect gifts just waiting for us to receive. May this day be filled with them.
Posted on Fri, September 2, 2011
by David Gaunt