Wednesday, December 14, 2011

His Gifts and Our Joy

The world tells us that happiness and joy are found in having what we want, the way we want it. Strangely, the words "you deserve a break, a treat, a rest..." come from the mouths of believers. I've heard it from the mouths of those I respect deeply, and I wrong in being taken aback by this? Don't get me wrong, God does grant times of refreshing. He gives good gifts to be enjoyed. He is a Father who delights in His children and gives gifts.

But the gifts are not an end in themselves. Again, don't misunderstand me. Sometimes there are eternal purposes, things He is teaching, that may not look "productive" here and now. But we see through a shadow. We see dimly. Sometimes, we, like Job in his troubles, don't see the reason or benefit at all!

The gifts are given, though for the encouragement of others. We comfort so that we may be able to comfort. 1 Corinthians 11 hints that other created beings (angels) may be learning from us as well.

Yes, enjoy the gifts. But be enthralled with the Giver. Don't demand what we "need" but trust that He truly knows when and where we need what better than we do ourselves. Above all, set our hearts and minds on our blessed Savior.

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