“But me – who am I, and who are these my people, that we should presume to be giving something to you? Everything comes from you; all we’re doing is giving back what we’ve been given from your generous hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:14 (Message).
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 2, 1 Chronicles 29, Psalm 95, and 2 Thessalonians 1.
David had just given a royal fortune for the building of the temple. His people had done the same thing.
Time to gloat? Time to position oneself for a pat on the back? Not according to David.
David gets it right: We have nothing good that wasn’t given to us. We’re caretakers. And yet how stingy we are? We give as if we’ve gathered on our own.
I will not be taking anything with me when my time on earth is over.
I need God’s wisdom regarding what I have been given. How should it be used?
How often do I praise God for His blessings to me? Could it be that I lose track that every good gift and every perfect gift comes from Him? Probably so.
“Lord, make me mindful of You. I am just passing through in this life and I want every second to be rightly spent to please You. Thank You for Your provisions for me. I am truly blessed. I have earned none of it. It is truly grace. Thank You for Your ultimate Gift: deletion of my sin record. Your Love for me is unfathomable. Praise You, Lord!”
Every good gift and every perfect comes from Him. Why then aren’t we more generous with what He’s given us? He didn’t tell us to hang on for dear life with what He’s given us.