November Gratitude Stone 5 Giver of Gifts
Col. 3:17 Do it all in His name with a grateful heart.
Three times in three verses (vv. 15, 16, 17) Paul asks us to give thanks….through HIM. The gift is not as important as the Giver. Thanksgiving is a true love response to someone who loves us. God can provide anything for us. He can provide more than we can ever receive. God never runs out of money, ideas, the capacity to intervene for us. The problem is that we get our eyes on the gift rather than the Giver. A believer properly oriented to God never loses track of the Giver. The gift is almost inconsequential in comparison.
James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift is from God. He cannot stop giving since it is in His all inclusive nature to give and we can rest in the fact that in spite of our failures he never changes! Even more, his gifts never lose their value! Everything that God gives, whether it is spiritual, physical or social, is “perfect.” They are undeserved as an act of His grace. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).
I praise the Giver of all good gifts. The gift of a great marriage that ended 6 years ago today is still a gift from the One who loves me with an everlasting love. I praise you too for the gift of sorrow, not because I want that gift but because I trust the Giver.