“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b).
God is such a giving God. He loves to give and give and give. He never takes away–he only gives. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).
I think about Matthew 6 where Jesus encourages us not to worry:
“I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:25-32).
Your heavenly Father knows what you need–mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. And, not only that, he wants to give you what you need. He loves to give you what you need. The key, however, is the next verse:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
When you put God first in your pursuits–whatever they may be–then he’ll give you what you need. Why? Because he loves you so much. So much so, that Jesus said we didn’t even have to worry about that stuff.
And, amazingly, it doesn’t stop with earthly things. God has so much in store for us regarding heavenly things.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
Did you catch that? It’s God’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. Take a moment and let that sink n. Because we are his children, we have inherited something great! As a child of the King, we have been given the Kingdom of God!
What are you lacking in your life–peace, hope, finances, provision, relationships? Take a few moments to reread those verses above. They are truth. They are God’s promises to us.God has promised to give us what we need to live at peace.
Prayer: “Father, help me understand all that you have given me in Christ.”