Our Giving God – Part 1

Devotional for Today, October 20, 2019

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all… ” (James 1:5 NIV)

Do you want to know something about God’s personality?  Here’s one thing he delights in:  he absolutely loves to give.  He’s the giving God. James says in his New Testament letter that if anyone lacks wisdom, that person should ask God, who gives generously to all.”  But a few verses later, we read that every perfect gift comes from him (James 1:17).  That means that we can ask God, not just for wisdom, as it says in James 1:5, but for anything we need.  Do you lack a job?  A spirit of forgiveness for people who have hurt you?  Power over sin?  Strength for everyday living?  Peace?  Joy?

God wants us to have what we need.  Of course he does!  How else would you and I have anything unless he gives it to us?  We can’t manufacture it!  No, every good and perfect gift comes down from our giving God, who loves to bless us with good gifts.  The Lord says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20 KJV).  Today he’s knocking on your door and on my door, saying, "I have something for you!  Just ask.  I’ll help you.  I’ll strengthen you.  Pray!  Tell me what’s on your heart.  Talk to me.”

Later on in his letter, James says, “You have not because you ask not.”  In other words, God wanted to give it to you, because he’s a giving God… but you never asked.  Sometimes you pray out loud and sometimes you have to talk to God quietly.  The important thing is to pray from your heart, and God will hear it.  Tell him, “God, I need something, and when you answer, I’m going to glorify you; I’m going to tell someone what you did for me.”  That will remove all selfish and foolish requests.  Let’s ask God for something that will help us and that will glorify him, for he delights in giving generously to all!

To be continued…

Read James 1:1-8.

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