My Father’s Blessing
James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Our Father loves to bless His children. All that we have has been given to us because our Father loves us unconditionally.
One of the most important spiritual principles for Christians is that God is good all the time and that He gives His children good gifts. I didn’t grow up with my earthly father, but I was fortunate to know God as my heavenly Father from early on in my life. Through all the different situations that I’ve lived, I’ve learned that no matter how much pain, suffering, and wrong in the world, we must establish the unshakable goodness of our heavenly Father as our foundation. The blessings from our Father are numerous and always in our best interest. Many times He blesses us in ways that we do not even notice – the smile of a child, a beautiful sunset, an unexpected gift, or awesome healing – and our God is constantly working to turn the bad things in this world for our good.
People and different circumstances around us will try to tell us that God plays favorites. It’s easy to look at the life of one and compare it to another as if it were every person’s destiny to be the wealthiest and most successful person in the world’s eyes, but God blesses us in far greater ways than worldly success and wealth. He’s concerned with the eternal and is the only one that will give you the abundant life your heart truly desires. While provision in this world is most definitely important and God promises to provide everything we physically need, He hasn’t promised to make us a success in the eyes of the world. He’s only promised that if you follow Him, He will guide you to the best possible life with the fullness of relationship with Him, purpose, and every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
If we truly take a look at our lives and compare them to what we deserve, we’ll begin to appreciate more the incredible blessings given to us by our loving heavenly Father. Allow God to guide you away from the pursuit of what is temporary so that you might be filled with greater depths of joy at the promise of eternal life and the abundance of blessings which are all yours in Christ Jesus.
Take time today to reflect on the blessings you’ve been given by your Father. Allow Him to shift your pursuits away from earthly things and toward that which will actually satisfy you for all of eternity. May you be filled with joy and thanksgiving in light of the wonderful gifts you’ve been given by your good and loving Father.