God keeps on giving

God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score

James 1:5 (CEB)

Jesus tells us that if we’re to be children of the Father, then we will give even to those who would hurt us, since the Father gives sunshine and rain to everyone, to the evil and the good (Matthew 5:43-48). God is very much a giving God.

And so we consider a bit the words of James directed at the faithful, believing ones, to encourage us in our trials and weakness. God’s giving to us knows no end. The problem comes when we project something of our own limitations and even sin onto God. Or for whatever reason we fail to believe this. And of course, it’s not enough to believe something as in kind of an intelletual, even creedal belief, though that might be a good start. We need to live as if this is the case.

Which means that whatever we are facing, and for whatever reason, we can return to God again and again, asking God for wisdom to help us through the trial both for the good of others and our own good, as well as to his glory. God gives to help us carry on well in God’s will, in the way of the Lord. Blessing us to bless us, but also so that we might be a blessing to others. That is the very nature of God. The problem is us, that we don’t receive it for whatever reason. Even though at the same time, all humankind receives one blessing after another which ultimately can be traced back to the hand of God.

And so we in Jesus are to live in this confidence, knowing we have a most generous Father, whose generosity knows no bounds.

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