The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Throne of Grace"
Part 5 - "The Giver"
We have often suggested in these messages that "God loveth a cheerful giver" because He is Himself the most cheerful of givers (II Corinthians 9:7).
"It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
This subject always elicits a sense of frustration when attempting to write about it, speak about it, or even think about it. Our Heavenly Father bears within His heart a generosity so infinite in scope and measure that He gave His beloved Son to a cross of pain, sorrow, forsakeness, and death to make possible the bestowal of goodness on His creation.
"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich" (II Corinthians 8:9).
It is one thing to give from plenty, with little sacrifice involved. However, to give self sacrificially involves another matter altogether. The parable of the poor widow speaks to this (Luke 21:1-4). Certainly every inclination of our Heavenly Father flows with desire to bless His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus. To redeem and bless us, however, and to fulfill His wondrously generous heart of grace, He poured out His wrath on the Lord Jesus in order to give to us without compromising His integrity - "that He might be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:26).
"He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).
Again, this speaks to a Divine generosity even eternity will not fully unveil to our hearts. This is written as an appreciation of so wonderful a Giver as the glorious One who "giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25). He gives by grace, His undeserved lovingkindness in the Lord Jesus. Let us indeed appreciate such wonder, and seek to receive His gifts in a manner that glorifies His blessed Name and magnifies His generosity.
"Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Through Him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18).