December 16, 2022

The Practicality of God

What’s the most impractical gift you have ever received? It’s okay. You can share. I won’t tell! I’ve known people who have received some outrageously impractical gifts. The kind that makes you scratch your head and say, “what were they thinking!” I once knew a person who gave a Bible intended for the sighted to a blind woman. How impractical and thoughtless is that?  

At times, people can give others, things based upon their own likes and desires and be so disconnected with our life, circumstances and need they give the most impractical things, believing it to be a blessing to us. Imagine giving something so thoughtless that it is completely useless to the recipient.

In Luke Jesus asked the question what father would give his son a serpent if the son is asking for a fish or give him a scorpion if the son needs an egg? The same could be said today who, in their right mind would give shoes to a man with no feet?  

The Scriptures show us the practicality of God. God sends us gifts like mercy,  grace, forgiveness, strength, peace, and wisdom. God looks at our life and circumstances and sends the most practical gift there is. A practical gift for the sick is healing, strength, and hope. To the depressed God sends hope. To the hungry God sends food. To the thirsty, water. To the weary God sends refreshment. These are all things that we need; that are useful to us, not ten years from now, but today.  

When we were lost in sin, destined to hell and in danger of living out eternity in the devils den, God didn’t send more money for us to add to our bank account, he sent us Jesus as Savior and Redeemer, because that is the most practical gift he could giving a dying, lost destined for hell, people.

Christmas is one of the highest times of the year where people give and receive gifts. Wouldn’t it be great if what we gave and what we receive was practical with the recipient in mind?

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus when we needed saving. We bless you for your practicality when it comes to sending what we need. Let us learn from you and bless others with what is most practical for them. Amen                 

Christmas Spirituality

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (Luke 11:11-12)

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