“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all He created.””
I often wonder how or why I deserve God’s gift to me. I am so blessed and thankful. I have so much in terms of God’s blessings. A family that loves me, food on my table, clothes on my back, good health and most importantly, salvation. Yet I often think, what have I done to deserve all this. The interesting answer is nothing.
James tells us in his eloquent words that actually God’s goodness towards us is not a result of anything we have done but a fruit of God’s good character. His love for mankind is not dependant on their deeds. It is simply who God is. “God gives to us on the basis of His character and not on the basis of our character. God never gives us anything on the basis of who and what we are. God does not bless us because we tithe, witness or pray. We never earn or deserve anything from God.”*
God gives to us because He is good. It is His nature to be kind, loving and generous. In fact, James tells us that the God who created all of the heavens above (the Father of lights), doesn’t change His character ever! That is good news. God doesn’t stop being a generous and loving and giving God, if we have an “off” day or say something we shouldn’t have. He is who is He is because that is who He is, ‘a generous and loving and giving God’!
So today, if you feel like you are not worthy to accept God’s goodness, think again! We may not deserve His goodness, but that won’t stop Him lavishing it over us! Open your hands and heart and accept and receive what He wants to pour out over you!