Good Gifts

The Bible teaches us that Our Heavenly Father desires to bless us and that if we ask in Jesus’ name we shall receive.  Psalm 84:11-12 says, “…the LORD bestows favor and honor.  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”  I have certainly experienced the blessings of the Lord throughout my life as a Christian so far and He is certainly a kind and generous Father.  But often times I am tempted to take the gifts He gives me, which are meant to point back to His goodness, and make idols out of them.  If it’s a big desire of mine, like a job or a marriage, I tend to spend hours praying for it and elevate it to a level of importance in my life that is actually above God, thus treating God like a cosmic Santa Claus.  My desire for gifts and blessings overtakes my desire to walk uprightly for God’s glory and I begin to desire righteousness so that God will bless me.  My own legalism and religion sickens me when this happens.  It’s man-centered humanism that disgusts God.  I find myself constantly repenting of this wicked view of God.  The only way to counter the temptation to slip into this idolatry and selfishness is to remind myself that I deserve nothing but the just and righteous wrath of God for all of the sins I’ve committed.  Then telling myself that I have already been treated with unmerited favor when my sins were forgiven and that I already possess the greatest gift ever:  God.  The promise of eternal life with Christ should be my most treasured possession which causes all other earthly gifts and blessings to pale in comparison!

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