From God comes…
From God comes every good and perfect gift. (James 1:17) Is there a difference between a good gift and a perfect gift? I think so. I’ve heard it said that a good gift is temporary, but a perfect gift is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 seems to agree. It tells us that what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Therefore, we are encouraged to fix our eyes on what is unseen.
However, even though good gifts may be temporary, they are given to us by God to enjoy. This would include the gift of a New Year. So I wish you Happy New Year and remind you that this New Year is a gift from God with endless possibilities.
Each year I try to come up with a different blog theme. This can be quite a challenge. There are always many ideas swirling in my mind and a myriad of possible directions to go. Psalm 3:8 seemed to resonate with me. It says, “From the Lord comes deliverance.” I thought about how many wonderful gifts we have that come from God.
God is gracious, kind, and generous. The very nature of God is full of giving. God gave us the breath of life. (Genesis 2:7) God gave us the indescribable gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 9:15) Through Christ, we can be given the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16)
God’s love for us has no bounds—and because of this great love He blesses us with good gifts. Every blessing we have comes from God. In fact, James 1:16 admonishes us not to be deceived into thinking these good gifts come from any other source but God.
So this year my theme will be: From God comes… Let’s explore some of the wonderful gifts from God. Perhaps a meaningful New Year’s resolution would be to NOT take them for granted.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God…”
~James 1:17 (NLT)