Thursday, December 9, 2010

Every Good Gift


James 1:17 has been our theme verse for Christmas for a number of years.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights . . ."

We decorate with lights, because God is the Father of lights and Jesus is the light of the world. We give gifts, because God gave us the Greatest Gift -- the Gift of His Son, who was born to die for our sins, providing us the means of an Abundant Life here on earth and Eternal Life with Him in heaven, IF we accept His gift of grace.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16.





When we look at James 1:17, we are naturally reminded of the many blessings God has given us to enjoy -- from our material blessings to our spiritual blessings. (See Psalm 103 for a listing of some of those.) However, this past Sunday I was challenged to look at this verse in a new way. The Pastor of the church we've been attending encouraged us to look at this verse in its context and to expand our understanding of the verse accordingly.

Earlier in James chapter 1, we are exhorted to consider it all joy when we encounter various trials and tribulations! Why?? Because these trials and testings build patience, endurance, and steadfastness, and perfect our faith, so that our faith may be mature and complete, lacking nothing!

Also, a closer look at the word "good" shows us that it means more than pleasant, it also denotes something beneficial!

So, the bottom line is that even our severest trials and tribulations are actually "good and perfect gifts" that come from the hands of a loving heavenly Father for our benefit and also for the benefit of others.

I am reminded of a quote that I love by my favorite Southern author and syndicated columnist, Rhonda Rich -- "Blessings often arrive disguised as heartaches. Without fail, every time I've unwrapped a heartache and looked past the initial wrapping, I have found a gift of a beautiful blessing."


So, our challenge is to begin to look at every "gift" we have received -- our blessings, our trials, our talents, our limitations, our spiritual gifts, our material possessions, or lack thereof -- as Good and Perfect Gifts that are meant to benefit our lives and also the lives of others! When we can do that, we will have discovered the secret to a life of Peace, Joy and Contentment!

5 comments:

Melodie said...

Beautiful post! I can't wait to share this with my husband : )

mommyx12 said...

Great ideas. Sounds like something I would like to do.

Mrs. Stam said...

excellent post :-)

Donna G. said...

Well, call me crazy, but I think this post could be for me. Thanks! =)

Rebecca's Refining said...

It is so easy to say "God is good" when we see obvious protection, blessing, or intervention from God. It is harder when He allows us to go through a difficult or painful situation..but God is still good!

Blessings really are often hidden inside a trial...it is neat to see what God has waiting when going through a "hard" situation.

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