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 NKJV

Christmas, for most people, is synonymous with gifts. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ, came down to us over 2000 years ago and that is the reason we celebrate. It’s the heart of God to give so we are honoring Him by giving gifts.

I just adore this time of year — it’s a beautiful holiday! Perhaps it’s because growing up my dad made this time of year so memorable. He not only would wrap gifts perfectly – the tightest corners and sharpest lines that I have ever seen – but he also was pretty good at disguising them too.

I can see God in that.

His “gifts” may not always look like what we expect but that’s because His ways are higher and His thoughts are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Our understanding of His goodness does not change the fact that He is good and perfect in all of His ways to us. His generous giving especially.

Life can throw us some curveballs and we can find ourselves in a place of heartache, chaos, or struggle and the holiday season can, at times, only make it that much harder to handle these situations when or if they come. BUT…

We can have the gift of joy in the midst of heartache. We can have the gift of peace in the midst of chaos. We can have the gift of strength in the midst of struggle.

And while the heartache, the chaos, the struggle may simply be a consequence of the world we live in, it also passes through His hands to us and therefore is a gift as well. It may not have been a gift “wrapped” the way we would have chosen, or we may have thought it was something else entirely, but when we trust His heart that never changes toward us, we find He’s the BEST gift-giver (and gift-wrapper). Why? Because it draws us closer to His presence. (Interesting how similar that word is to “presents”, am I right? Each gift gives us greater glimpses of Jesus, of His glory manifesting in our lives.

He is drawing us to His [true] good and perfect gift: Himself.

So, may I encourage you in this holiday season, however it may look for you, to celebrate the gifts you’ve been given and all the ways they have brought you closer to the “good and perfect” Gift. Let His steadfast heart spark joy, peace, strength, faith — whatever you need — within you this Christmas as you enjoy His presence.

He is good and perfect and so are His gifts.

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