Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"The Blessing of Blessings" Part 1

    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).
   Our Lord is the essence of joy in those things whereby we genuinely and legitimately rejoice.  He is the tranquility of our peace, the contentment of our satisfaction, the strength of our abilities, the vibrancy of our enthusiasm, and the life of our lives.
    When asked to declare His name, God told Moses, "I AM" (Exodus 3:14).  We do well to hear the echoes of the ancient Voice ringing in our hearts through the pages of Scripture and the person of the Holy Spirit.  Every moment and every matter of genuine goodness in our lives has somehow been the living God revealed to us in myriads of means, modes and expressions.  "The Father of lights" is the giver of "every good gift and every perfect gift."  Even more, He is the very heart of the abundant generosity as He supplies "all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19; emphasis added).
    I do not begin to understand this truth intellectually, nor have I more than begun to assimilate it personally and practically.  I believe it, however, and I consider it to be unsurpassed in the consideration of God's wonder and truth.  The Giver comes with His gifts, and is in fact the very heart of their blessedness.  Thus, to give thanks for even that which might be considered the least of our blessings actually involves gratitude for the greatest bestowal of all.  Christ is the true blessedness of God's generosity, whether He comes in saving grace, or material provision, or friend and family, or the next breath.
"He is thy life."
(Deuteronomy 30:20)
"He giveth to all life and breath and all things."
(Acts 17:25)

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