Wednesday, March 31

It’s all a gift

Scripture: Deuteronomy 25-26, Romans 3

Deuteronomy 26:8–10 So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.”

Observation

Each year, the Israelites were to bring a basket full of the first fruits of their crops and offer it to the Lord and repeat the story.  “My father was a wandering Aramean…”.  It was the story of their enslavement in Egypt, God’s deliverance and the gift of the Promised Land.  It was the story that started small and insignificant (a wandering Aramean) and ended with them being “a great nation, powerful and numerous.  It was the story of God’s work on their behalf, bringing them out to bring them in, saving them and gifting them “a land flowing with milk and honey.”  

So every year they brought the first fruits and told the story so they could remember that what they have is a gift from God.  

Application

I need to do the same—I need to regularly tell myself the story of God’s favor in my life and give my first and best back to Him.  I need to remember that everything I have is a gift from God.  Have I worked hard?  Of course—just like the Israelites had worked hard to produce their bountiful crops.  But also like them, I have used the bountiful resources God has given me.  I can trace every victory, every success, every bit of goodness in my life back to the goodness, grace and favor of God.  It’s all a gift. 

This doesn’t minimize my hard work or effort; it simply recognizes that without God’s gifts to me, I’d have nothing to work with!  And He has been very generous with me!

1 Corinthians 4:7  What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 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. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.

All my success “comes from Your hand.”  What do I have that I didn’t receive?  Nothing.  It’s all due to God’s grace and goodness.

Prayer: Lord, I’m taking time to today to pause and thank You for Your generous gifts in my life.  I owe You everything!