Throughout scripture, we find that God is a giver. He gives “strength”. (Psalm 29:11) He gives “the desires of your heart”. (Psalm 37:4) He gives “grace and glory”. (Psalm 84:11) He gives “what is good”. (Psalm 85:12) He gives “perseverance” and “encouragement”. (Romans 15:5) He gives “life to all things”. (1 Timothy 6:13) He gives us “the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1 Corinthians 15:57) God does this and much more because of who he is.
God is giver. He takes pleasure in giving. He is never stingy. When he gives, he overwhelms the recipient. Dozens of examples can be found in scripture but let’s focus not on what he does but on who he is.
Some may be tempted to pray that God will be in a good mood and that he will grant the request made, but God is a giver. In fact, he is THE Great Giver. When someone asks for forgiveness, God gives complete and lasting forgiveness. When someone needs healing, God gives. When someone is in need financially, God gives.
The apostle Paul told the Philippians that they should have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:5) Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice with incredible humility, the extend of which we cannot fully grasp.
Giving is not only something God does, it is something he is. Imagine how much joy God has when he forgives. In fact, we are told that there is a party in heaven every time this takes place. God specializes in giving forgiveness.
When we come to the end of our resources, he joyfully comes to our rescue. I have witnessed his amazing love as he has given in many-coloured ways. With great creativity, God has given all that I have needed and more. His giving has made me very content.
God gives wisdom to those who lack wisdom. (James 1:5) He does so generously and scripture also says, “without reproach”. (James 1:5) John Calvin said, “this is added, lest any one should fear to come too often to God… for he is ready ever to add new blessings to former ones, without any end or limitation.” There is no limit to God’s ability to give or to His desire to give.
Knowing that God is a giver should cause us to approach him in confidence. We can be assured that his heart is to give. Probably the most well-known verse of scripture begins “for God so loved the world, that he gave…”. (John 3:16)
The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that he prayed that God would give them “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him”. (Ephesians 1:17) What could be greater? To know God the Giver is the greatest gift anyone could receive. We appreciate your Comments