Thanks to those of you who checked on me after noticing the five days without a post. We have been working a lot and we had some visitors, so it was a busy few days. You will be hearing more about all that! But Tom and I are hoping to get into a regular routine now, so I will be writing on my usual schedule.
To start the week off right, I want you to think about what God gives you. I am a big “count your blessings” person, so I often think about the things he gives me.
This week I was thinking about what he promises in the Bible to give us. I looked at Bible verses that include the phrase “He gives”. I was overwhelmed by the rich variety of his generosity. Instead of commenting on all of these gifts, I am listing them for your consideration.
He gives us more grace. James 4:6
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2:21
He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. Acts 17:25
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
He gives the afflicted their rights. Job 36:6
He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever. Psalm 18:50
He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:25
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. John 3:34
He gives grace to the afflicted Proverbs 3:34
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
He gives rest to those he loves. Psalm 127:2
He gives songs in the night. Job 35:10
He who comes down from heaven gives life to the world. John 6:33
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
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
These are a few of the verses that describe what God gives us and the mercy he shows to us. Can you find more verses like this?
What a wonderful God we serve! He has so richly blessed us with so many good things! God gives us so much – what can we give him in return?