James 1:17 NKJV – The Perfect and the Good

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

I remember as a child that when I received any kind of gift, there would always be times of categorization like super good, real good, good, not so good, and “I don’t like it”. Gifts from different members of the family carried different levels of categories. In our home, gifts from mom and dad were always pretty high on the charts. Gifts from Aunts and Uncles and friends all had their place. Then when we opened them, the category (as noted above) could possibly change depending on the gift. As thankful as we were, we still had categories.

But the gifts from God are all good. Even super good. Beyond super good. They’re perfect. The gift of salvation through belief and faith in Jesus and His shed blood is a perfect gift. The most perfect gift. Another good gift was the birth of my daughter and son because children are a gift from the Lord. I remember when I knew in my heart that Nancy would be my bride. When I experienced that moment (on my way to work one day) I knew God gave me a good gift. But what about the other good gifts. Like the people God places in your life to love you, pastor you, mentor you, disciple you, listen to you, comfort you, share laughs and tears with you. These people are all part of God’s plan. God knew that they would be a part of your growth in Him from the beginning of time.

Now I have to ask you some questions. Do you pray for your family? Your spouse? Your children? Do you pray for protection over them against any harm? Of course, you do. Do you pray for your friends, your pastor, your co-workers, your neighbors? Do you think it was an accident that they are in your life? I don’t think so. Do you also pray for their protection? That God would not only keep them safe and secure, but that your relationship with them would never come under harm? That’s something to think about. A very dear friend of mine shared that thought with me. It got me thinking and it got me to seek God’s forgiveness. Though I pray for my family and friends, I had never prayed that our relationship would never come under harm. I just took that for granted. We live in a world that can cause change to happen in relationships very quickly. We need to be praying for our relationships, family and friends, to always be kept from harm and that no influence would ever change that.

Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your good gifts from above. First Your perfect gift in Your Son, Jesus, who came to die for our sins so that we could spend eternity with You. But also, Lord, for the good gifts we find in our family, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers. Prosper them all, Lord, and find favor with them. Keep them safe and protect them from all harm; physical, mental, social, financial, and spiritual. May we never forget it to be important to pray a covering over those good gifts from You. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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