Week one studying James did not disappoint, and well, week two was just the same. There were moments where my toes ached as Beth shared deep truth and insight from the book of James, my feet were stepped on and my heart was pricked more than once. But then, day five came in like a breath of fresh air. I’m sure many of us sighed a breath of sweet relief as we recalled all of God’s good and perfect gifts to us.
I was struck with the thought that God gives gifts with goals, they are perfect for us because they perfect us. Just refreshing my memory of all that God has given me brought me to a place of holy awe. Especially when I looked and saw all that he gave me during times of great struggle.
But perhaps what was the most encouraging to me was remember that God is not holding out on me over the things that I have not yet seen come to pass in my life. There is one thing in particular that I feel he’s had for me, that he’s been saying “I know something you don’t know” for quite a while. And I’ve been wondering when I will get to actually unwrap the gift that I’ve been sensing is coming. His gifts are perfect, but they are also timely. I can wait for them because I know that unwrapping them early and forcing their fruition in my life will actually abort God’s work.
Maybe God has given you a dream, a desire, a longing to do something specific but you have not been able to see how on earth it will work out. I have long felt that God has a place for me writing and speaking to other women. But I have yet to really see that come about, at least not like I envision it. I find comfort in the reminder that I will be unable to unwrap this gift fully at just the right time.
God really does have good gifts, but I believe we also need to be actively seeking him and pursuing his truth to grab a hold of them and see them released to their fullest potential in our lives. I hope it’s clear that I’m not talking about physical gifts here, but spiritual gifts. Gifts of wisdom and faith, favor with men, understanding, knowledge, discernment, teaching, preaching, exhorting and prophecy; all the good things that are listed as the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12.
All the gifts come from him, the Father of Lights, who does not change. That is praise worthy indeed!