Bought by the Blood

February 12, 2009

He Gives No Bad Gifts

who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
-Psalm 103:5

For the Christian, our eyes need to be constantly directed to the blessings that God has showered on us.  He is good and does good and His disposition towards those that are His children is always good (Psalm 119:68).  We can praise Him for His goodness because He has forgiven all of our sin and brought us from spiritual death to new life.  He has lifted us up from the darkness and despair we were in and placed us in the path of His steadfastness love and mercy (Psalm 103:2-4).  Even in trials and hardship we can have confidence that God will work that for our good (Romans 8:28).  As God’s children we know that when He disciplines us it is for our good, to make us holy.  Although it may not be pleasant it will yield fruit if we are submissive to what God is doing (Hebrews 12:7-11).

Due to our fallen minds, we need to train ourselves to view all that comes to us as God’s goodness.  He gives no bad gifts.  There is no circumstance that God is not sovereign over.  Every Father wants to give their children the best and that is what God is always doing, He will not give us pain for no reason, but to refine us as gold.  It is fully in His power to give us goodness upon goodness, so why should we ever doubt that He is giving us what is perfect for us in every moment of our lives.  If God dealt with us according to our sins or repaid us according to our iniquities we would be continually receiving the just due for our sins, which is His burning and continuous wrath.  Because of the grace that is available through the cross He has given us goodness, mercy and love all the days of our lives.

In God there is a richness of grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:4).  Because of this He shows common grace to all, so that in some His kindness might lead them to repentance (Romans 2:4), which is why we don’t all immediately receive the condemnation we deserve our sins.  For those who fear God, He has imposed on us supernatural grace to give us soft hearts to seek Him and initiate a relationship with us.  We would never fear God if He didn’t first turn our hearts toward Him.  On tip of that, God gives undeserving sinners gifts that we don’t deserve so that we can be renewed and strengthened.  He blesses us so that as we give thanksgiving for all temporal gifts we are brought back to our ultimate source of thanks, eternal life forever with Him.  These blessings spur us on towards faith and obedience and remind us of the unchanging and praiseworthy character of the God is that we serve.


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