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  • Writer's pictureJason Garcia

The Great Giver

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you” (Ps. 16:1-2).

If God is the source of everything good, and He is, then there can be no good apart from Him.

Every single breath taken every single day happens for no other reason than the simple fact that He allows it––"In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts. 17:28).

Every safe arrival to work and home, every kind word received, your ability to think and be productive and satisfied, the health of your children, the roof over your head, and the clothes on your back, every drop of rain to grow and sustain our food (Job 38:28)––we have nothing good except what originates with Him: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (Jas. 1:17). We will be judged based on how we used such gifts (Lk. 12:13-21).

It's all His––His to give and His to take away as He sees fit, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

Still more, every spiritual gift is from Him, and found in Christ (Eph. 1:3). He is much more concerned with these spiritual provisions––knowledge about Himself, His will, salvation, our adoption as sons and daughters, which in turn bring hope, comfort, and joyful anticipation of life in Heaven.

He has mercifully provided what we do not deserve––"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?" (1 Cor. 4:7). "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven" (Jn. 3:27).

He is the Great Giver to whom all praise is due.

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