THEME: EVERYTHING WE NEED
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
-God is the source and giver of anything that is good. There is more good than most people realize. From the Biblical times until now, God is good. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. James has been discoursing on trials, and even these are good and perfect gifts. God gives us wisdom liberally and without reproach when we ask Him. King Solomon asked for wisdom and he received many other blessings from the Lord some of which he did not even ask for. Everything that we have is a gift from God, undeserved. After salvation and adoption, every gift from God is a blessing.
God is a perfect planner and He has given us everything that we need according to His riches in glory. First, from the creation story we see God creating the universe, plants and animals and finally man. In perfect order He ensured that we have everything that we need for our existence and wellbeing. Our affairs therefore do not take God by surprise, but He planned our lives before we were conceived in our mothers wombs. Secondly, God loved us and predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ according to His good pleasure and will. He chose us before the foundation of the world to be blameless and holy in His sight. He has thus blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-5). Christ by His love and mercy united us together with the Father and when we were far from the commonwealth of Israel, He brought us close by reconciliation through His blood (Ephesians 2:12-13). Thirdly, by God’s divine power, He has given us everything that we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His glory and goodness, that we may receive His precious promises and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-6). Fourthly, God gives us wisdom that we may become Christlike and obtain every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Fifth, God faithfully provides everything we need for our enjoyment and discourages us from putting our trust in wealth which is uncertain but in Him. We are also encouraged to do good and give generously to the needy (1 Timothy 6:17-19). We are also called to be impactful in our societies, not only for our own sakes but for the sake of other. We are reminded to be rich in good deeds as we store up our treasures in heaven and lay our foundation for eternity. As we give to the needy, we acknowledge that God is our source and provider (1 Chronicles 29:13-14). It is a form of thanksgiving, and by this we lend to the Lord and He will repay. When we do good and give, the Lord supplies everything that we need according to His riches in glory. He also gives us the ability to make wealth. Lastly, God is love and have given us His fruit of love that we may love Him and our neighbors, which is everything that we need. God calls us do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14). To love sincerely and not hypocritically, through kindness and clinging to what is good (Romans 12:9-13), for the glory of His name.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Lord You are merciful and Your love endures to all generations. We exult Your name and lift up Your banner in our nation. Only You are our Lord and King, we have no other God but You. Thank You for You have provided everything that we need by Your divine power from everlasting to everlasting. Thank You Jesus for the plans that You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and future. May You grant us wisdom and the Spirit of the fear of You in our hearts. May You draw our hearts, those of our family members and leaders close to Yours that we may look to You Jesus in all situations. Teach us to worship You in spirit and in truth always. May Your love consume us as You bring Your promises to pass in our lives, families, descendants, society and nation. Thank You for Your grace and gift of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 8:29-30, Philippians 4:19
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