Our Giving God – Part 2

Devotional for Today, October 21, 2019

“If any of you lacks…. you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)

We know that our God is a giving God.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  And when Jesus was here on earth, he was always giving of himself, healing and teaching and feeding the multitudes.  But here’s where the battle lies:  While we may acknowledge that God is a giving God, there is the temptation to think that we can’t go to him after the mistakes we’ve made in life, and after the ways in which we may have failed him.  But look at what the Word of God says.  It says that God gives generously to all without finding fault.

Satan will impersonate the Holy Spirit, and might even sound reasonable to you as he whispers,  “You’re not quite ready to receive from God.  But if you just clean up your act, if you just get more sanctified, then God will give you what you lack.”  Guess what?  That’s a lie.  James says in his New Testament letter that when you approach God, he wants to give you what you need; and if you are sincere, he doesn’t find fault in you.  He’s not like one of those judgmental people who says, “I can’t believe you’re even asking me, after the way you treated me.  You have some nerve to come and ask me for anything!"   Aren’t you happy that God doesn’t find fault?

Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock…”  However, many times we don’t respond, “I’m here, Lord.  Here’s what I need.  Help me, God!  Forgive me; strengthen me; encourage me!  I’m lonely; I feel misunderstood.  I need wisdom; I need joy; I need peace!”  Instead, we’re afraid, because when the Lord knocks on the door of our hearts, we think he’s like a bill collector who comes for what is past due.  No, he’s not the bill collector!  He’s our giving God!  He’s our heavenly Father who wants to help us.  Why would God tell us through his servant James to come and ask for what we need, if he were just going to scold us and tell us to go away?  Is that the kind of Father who gave us Jesus Christ?

If you’re lacking anything today, you have an invitation to come and ask God, who gives generously to everyone and doesn’t find fault.  Trust him; he’s going to help you!  God answers prayer, and he’s our giving God!

Read James 1:9-18.

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