Every Good Gift


“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”— James 1:17

What if every good gift was not from above, not from God? Where instead would you look for the source?

Answer: You would look in the world. Good gifts come from this world, you would think. Plenty of other people have plenty of good gifts. I am in this world, too—so where are the rest of my good gifts? Where are those things that I feel like I deserve?

When I fail to recognize that every good thing comes from God, I fail also to recognize that no good thing is mundane. God did not promise any particular comfort within our brief time in this world. He does not promise riches, attainment, validation, health, success, security, etc.—even though many people have and take for granted each of these things.

When we see that he is the source of all blessings, we begin to glimpse the abundance of blessings he has poured into each of our lives. In trying to count how many good things have come to me, I come to humility, lost before the uncountable number of times the Lord has remembered me.

[31 Days of James]