Do you like getting gifts?
Of course, you do. Who doesn’t?
It’s normal for children to start making lists of the presents they want for their birthday or Christmas long before they can write. And many of us still have lists of things we want, just in case someone’s interested . . . decades later.
You and I want what we want.
Sure we want stuff, but your list goes beyond that, doesn’t it? It also has goals, hopes, and dreams.
What was on your “gift” list?
I wanted to be a teacher, married, with 3 children, and a dog. I wanted everyone to be healthy and happy. I dreamed of large family gatherings with grown children and a bunch of grandchildren. I wanted to be talented and smart. Cute and fun. Add a few good friends and a nice home and well, you get the idea.
Okay, so maybe I was a little spoiled.
I had my perfect life all planned out and my list made.
And I guess deep down, I kind of expected that, like my parents, if something was really important to me, God would come through and help to make it happen.
Again, maybe a little spoiled.
But I’d read verses like…
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11
God gives good gifts to His children. But I’ll be honest I was afraid there would be nos because I’d looked around I knew life wasn’t all cupcakes and butterflies.
And because there’s this…
In this world, you will have trouble. John 16:33
It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? You and I make our list and ask God to get on board and help us make it happen. Then we look around and realize that lists don’t always get checked off they way we want them to . . . even for those who love God.
So, how are we supposed to understand God’s goodness when life doesn’t meet our expectations and we don’t get the gifts and blessings we want?
That’s where trust and surrender come in.
Did you ever ask for something your parents knew wasn’t safe or good for you? Have your children? Absolutely!
Love means saying “no” sometimes even when you know it will be hard to hear. And you want your children to trust the “no” they don’t want to hear really is coming from love and trust it’s for the best!
But I can be that spoiled child that stomps her feet and throws a tantrum. I haven’t always trusted God’s “no” was a blessing. I’ve felt sorry for myself. I’ve doubted.
That’s when I need to run back to His Word for a reminder of His love and goodness.
10 Verses to Remember God’s Gifts are Good
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8
Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows. God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made. James 1:1
Change your hearts and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
God wants all people to eat and drink and be happy in their work, which are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:13
Jesus has the power of God, by which He has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know Him. Jesus called us by His glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. 1 Peter 4:10
We know in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28
And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. 1 John 4:16
With God’s help, I’m praying to throw fewer tantrums.
With His help, I will remember how often He has turned bad into good in my life. How He has drawn me close and given me strength when I needed it. How He has delivered me from overwhelming fear, healed my broken heart, and given me peace and contentment.
I will remember God’s goodness and celebrate the perfect gifts He chooses for me whether they are on my list or not.
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