Giving To The Giver
by Kathleen Whitten
We often pray in church, “God, Giver of all things...” But do we ever stop and think about the truth we are really acknowledging?
God is the giver of all things: our sun, moon, stars, the heavens, the world, earth, our own selves, our children, and all those we love! Look around you– every gift is from God! (James 1:17)
If we let this truth sink in, then giving back to the Giver is one of the most joyful things we can do and one of the most humbling...
If you had occasion to give a special gift to the person who not only “has everything,” but has given you more than you could ever repay–What would you give him/her? What if you knew that that special person would not only treasure your simple gift, but would insist on continuing to give you even more wonderful gifts throughout your lifetime? (Luke 6:38)
It is a humbling privilege to give to a giver, but the most humbling privilege is the opportunity to give to the Giver!
In 1Chronicles 29:11-14, David expresses his humility and thankfulness for being able to give to the Giver: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.”
Prayer: Truly, God, I agree with David, “everything comes from You.” Thank you for the joy and the humble privilege of giving back to You, God–Giver of all things!
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