• Chris Steele

The Giver of All Good Things

Be Strong, Be Well — Thursday, April 16

The government’s stimulus package will be a blessing for many Americans, especially for those who are out of work or otherwise struggling to pay the bills.

Because we live in this physical world we tend to think a lot about material blessings. God is the one who provides these things—our daily food, shelter, clothes, income, vehicles, houses, health, and the very air we breathe.

How much sweeter God’s blessings are for those who stop and think about the source of all good things. “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).

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

There’s so much more to our existence than our physical bodies and material possessions. Our Father wants us to look after our soul and pursue spiritual blessings first, then all the other things will fall into place.

Jesus reasoned, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25). “...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:32-33).

Remember, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

If God was willing to give us the very best gift He had to offer (His only Begotten Son), why would He withhold anything else we need in this life? The logical conclusion is, He wouldn’t. Whatever will benefit us in gaining our soul’s salvation will be freely given.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). —Chris

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