Looking unto Jesus and not at the dearest, most legitimate of our earthly joys, lest we be so engrossed in them that they deprive us of the sight of the very One who gives them to us. If we are looking at Him first of all, then it is from Him that we receive these good things, made a thousand times more precious because we possess them as gifts from His loving hand. We entrust these gifts to His keeping, enjoy them in communion with Him and use them for His glory.
“Dear Son – Joel – Now you have your own copy to share with your children. I wish I had a little boy to read to again. Love Dad; Christmas 1992” That’s what he wrote on the inside cover of the book, Carry on, Mr. Bowditch. I had brought the book home from the library as a child. Each night Dad came to my room to read it with me until we finished it and returned it for others to enjoy. Now I have my own copy! Of the thousand’s of books in my possession it has been made a thousand times more precious because it came to me as a gift from his loving hand. When I pick it up I don’t remember the story told with in it so much as I recall the sound of Dad’s voice and the large dip in the bed he formed that pulled me in close to his side as he read to me. The gift is a window through which I see Dad and Dad is the figure through which the gift has become so dear to me.
So I understand that every good gift gains in its value and dearness to us when we use it as a lens through which we see the Lord Jesus and we view it through the lens of His own personality.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant--when you have eaten and are full-- then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deuteronomy 6:10-12
Can We Pray? Good Father of all glory, how precious to me are Your gifts. Teach me to see all these good things as measures of Thy great love found most fully in Your Son. Let me remember that “You so loved, that You gave.” Lord Jesus I acknowledge that You are the gift that makes all gifts most precious. Let me seek a deeper relationship with You through all that I have been given. In Your name, Amen.