Words from the Heart for Thursday September 16th, 2021
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NIV)
Gift of God
Website Tripsavvy.com gives a list of gifts for tourists in Canada to pick up to bring friends and family back home. Two of the gifts are edible – butter tarts and Nanaimo bars. About butter tarts they say, “Akin to pecan pie, the butter tart is a delicious mix of butter, sugar, and eggs in a pastry shell, and depending on who you talk to, might also contain nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips. A staple of pioneer Canadian cooking [they are] indeed delicious.”
Becoming a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee that we will be free from suffering and pain, or suddenly become wealthy. Too many people perceive God to be a big Santa Claus in the sky who gives us everything we ask Him for. This is just not true. On the other hand, the Bible clearly teaches that everything we have is because God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. In our part of the world, where many are financially comfortable and materialism is what drives people’s lives, too many people fail to recognize that all they have comes from God the provider. In their comfort they forget about Him. King Solomon noticed this in his day as well, and so wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:19: “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” If you are financially comfortable, and have the ability to enjoy material things, do not forget that everything you have comes from the God who created it all. He calls you to give thanks for everything that He has provided for you.
These have been words from the heart.