Tuesday, December 22, 2015

OVERKILL FOR CHRISTMAS (an old post)



A couple of years ago, I had a dental procedure. And my oh-so kindly, generous, thoughtful husband procured mushy edible food for me. If you consider Jello and pudding (not to mention, sports drinks!) to be food. The problem was that the thoughtful husband thought I should have a month’s supply. And since I only needed them for a couple of days, well ... we now have fossilized food in the cabinet. When I tried to tell him gently that this was overkill, he seemed surprised at my response to his love offering.
 
And now that it’s almost Christmas, for some reason, this overkill issue caused me to think about the many ways Scripture tells us how God has showered His children with loving gifts.
 
He has shown himself to be our Provider, as with Abraham about to sacrifice his son, knowing that “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8-14). For Abraham, that was not an overkill gift. It saved his son, and glorified God.
 
King Solomon humbly asked God for “an understanding heart to judge Your people,” God responded by saying, “I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor” (1 Kings 3:9-14). Not overkill, but abundance of love, and glorifying to God.

The apostle Paul made sure the Philippian believers understood that “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever” (Philippians 4:19). Overkill? No. Love? Yes, out of His endless, abundant supply, and for His glory.
 
Today, I’m meditating on God’s glorious gift to us. “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10). “And the angels said,” ... “Hey, don’t you think this is overkill?...”
 
NO, they did not. They were “praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest’, (Luke 2:13-14).
 
God’s gifts may seem so overabundant that I can’t totally wrap my mind around them, or understand why He would be so incredibly generous to me, except that He loved me long before I ever loved Him (1 John 4:10). And even more unbelievable, His gifts don’t stop with this life. One day I will be face to face with the Lord Jesus who saved me, and I know that I have “an inheritance reserved in heaven,” (1 Peter 1:4).
 
God’s gifts are never overkill, nor will they sit on a shelf becoming increasingly useless. With every gift He bequeaths on me, “I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 146:2).

2 comments:

  1. i'd rather have an overkill of God's blessings - than an abundance of the world's :D

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  2. God is good! We have so much to thank Him for!

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