One of the big things I have learn later on here in my sanctification is how important it is to be on the lookout for God’s hand moving in our lives. It is not ok to see a promotion that we were not expecting or running into an old friend we have not seen in years, or any other random ‘gift’ we receive without giving God all the glory and credit for that gift. We must walk this earth with grateful hearts when anything good come our way.
17 Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. 18 And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself]. James 1:17-18
I really like how James counters the “God does not tempt” with “God gives every good and perfect gift”. The words used for good and perfect gifts are different and both are used here. Our Father who gives these gifts is unchanging in His generosity even though the heavenly bodies (nature) ARE ever changing.
The greatest of these gifts is the gift of redemption through the Word of Life or Gospel where we are the first fruits or first of the transformed creatures when we are justified by our trust in His Son.
I am so grateful for Gods unmerited favor toward me by allowing me a path to spend eternity with Him through His Son Jesús Christ. I owe everything to Him and my worship through obedience and service is the least I can do here on this earth before He calls me home.