You loved me when no one else would
You kept me when no one else could
Thank you for being God!
You’re worthy, I’m grateful
Thank you for being God!
– Travis Greene, Thank You For Being God
Generosity (noun): the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish
the quality of being generous; especially: willingness to give money and other valuable things to others.
From the first verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:1) where God gives a universe for life to inhabit, to the last verse, where he offers his presence to be with us (Revelation 22:21), God expresses decadent generosity.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
God gives life, purpose, and the ability to engage in our passions. But he doesn’t stop there. He provides structure and boundaries that help us focus our lives according to our purpose. Before we look reflectively inward, let’s consider some of the lavish gifts that earn God the name Provider (Genesis 22).
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. (Isaiah 40:29)
We depend on the generosity of God to live, know what to do and summon the strength for our accomplishments. Every breath is a gift from God, as well as every meal, and article of clothing–and everything else we need.
God’s exuberant generosity extends beyond what we need to live on this earth, to what we need to be in relationship with him. God demonstrates his extraordinary kindness by laying down his life so that we might have an opportunity for reconciling with him.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
God’s generosity flows freely where it is most needed. He not only bestowed upon us the earth, and a universe to explore, but provides redemption when we need it. He gives us forgiveness, hope, and power through his son. Who else offers their enemies a pardon through the sacrifice of their own son?
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:4-5)
God’s gift of salvation would have been more than enough, but he truly enjoys excessive generosity. tweet
He presents us with spiritual gifts to empower us to do his work. He offers us the confidence of ultimate victory, and the promise that anything we need is available in him.
Like a doting father, God enjoys showering his children with gifts. We know what generosity is because of God. His kindness is the wellspring of our generosity. We can’t out-give God, but we can aspire to give generously, willingly, and sacrificially like him.
- Take five minutes to reflect on the above verses expressing God’s generosity.
- Which aspects of God’s gifts are you appreciative of today?
- Take a moment to thank God for his unmatched and amazing generosity.
Written by: Rasool Berry
Edited by: Christina Utley