I thought this one was very appropriate for this time of year. Not being a pessimist myself, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at God’s Gifts quite this way. But in the end, it’s all about the cross and God’s Love! I hope you enjoy this, at least to me, a new viewpoint from David Appelt – Learning to Trust God for Good Gifts.
Sometimes, a good gift is discipline, but sometimes it is a true blessing that we enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). A good gift can be a job that we love, a healthy family, financial blessing, joy in fellowship in our Church, and more. God is always refining us, and that is a blessing. At the same time, God is also in the business of blessing us with good gifts.
No, I’m not talking about the prosperity gospel
The truth is, even as I write this, part of me feels a huge need to continually couch against the prosperity gospel (a la Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Steven Furtick). That’s a trap that many have fallen prey to—thinking that God only is good if he makes us healthy and wealthy.
On the other hand, there is the trap I fall into—knowing God loves me but partially living like he doesn’t really enjoy blessing me. Somehow I only really expect Him to bring refining struggle into my life instead of gracious blessing.