Part one in a series running through December
For the last three weeks, through 2 sermons, a blog, and finally through a speaker at a Christmas dinner, I’ve heard this question posed in a variety of ways:
Do I recognize and embrace God’s abundant gifts; or do I instead choose to live on my scarce resources?
What does God’s Word say?
…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 (NASB)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NLT)
I rarely use the words ‘abundance’ or ‘scarcity’, let alone use them together, and so hearing them multiple times over the last three weeks has gotten my attention and made me consider my life on several levels.
When I first heard a similar question posed three weeks ago, I immediately thought of our finances. My husband has been off work for several months with an injury, and finally went back to work Monday.
As one month turned into two, then three, then four, and now seven, my tendency to worry has increased as finances have gotten tighter. Yet, through this whole time, God has taken care of us. One of the biggest gifts is that Gary and I have had time to spend together as we’ve never had in our young marriage. It’s been sweet for both of us. Gary’s body has healed well. Throughout this time, we’ve been able to use savings, and God has provided in other unexpected ways. To add to the blessing, upon showing up for work Monday, Gary was made supervisor of a job requiring a lot of overtime, which will help greatly. So rather than focusing solely on my concerns, I need to thank God for how He’s abundantly cared for us. Since several of the gifts have only come within the last couple of weeks, it’s taken some effort on my part to re-focus my thinking, to be honest.
It’s helped recently to make lists of God’s daily gifts.
Maybe your situation is different. Maybe you can’t yet see any of God’s gifts and things are getting pretty rough. Or maybe you see His ‘gifts’ but they aren’t what you wanted or expected. I get it. I’m truly sorry.
Can I pray for you?
Lord, whatever situation my friend finds themself in, please give them hope. Even if the gift you provide is different than they longed for, or not what they expected, help them to hold onto your love and good plans for them as they unwrap this gift from your hand. Please. Use this unexpected gift to show them your ultimate best for them. Help them to hold onto you as they wait to see your plan unfold. Please. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let me know if I can pray for you in any way, especially if this post has brought pain screaming to the suface.
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