2000-11-26 - Passages About God's Gifts to Us
Those of us in America have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, a time of counting our blessings -- though sometimes it seems to be more about stuffing ourselves and watching football and parades, than thanking God for His gifts. Today we will look at passages that mention some of God's gifts to us, for which we should be thankful every day. All Scriptures are from the NASB.
The Gift of Salvation
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The Gift of Family, Both "Natural" and Christian
2 Timothy 1:5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
The Gift of Friendship
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
The Gift of Productive Work
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor it is the gift of God.
The Gift of His Provision for Our Physical Needs
Psalms 11:4-5 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.