|God's Gifts Are Given To Who
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
If God knows how to give good gifts to his children, what about those children of unbelief in Him? God speaks to all of us at some time in our life and even give gifts, then is what we do with Godís gifts important? Saul was given the gift of the Holy Spirit to the rule the people, but he refused to obey God despite the gift and lost the gift. David had the Holy Spirit and still found himself on his knees of repentance. Joseph in the Old Testament had the gift of interpretation of dreams, but without Joseph using the gift to help with an interpretation would he even be released from prison, and given a high position in the land. Solomon was given the gift of wisdom but could not take the advice God provided for him for himself. God gave Noah the ability to build an ark and he lived through the worse storm of all ages with his family. Abraham chose to obey God and found the gift of the promise land. Israel despite their disobedience, their complaining and their grumbling, returned to the promise land. God gave his children manna and also vipers to bite them, yet without vipers they might never had come to place of understanding of their need of God for themselves. Children of disobedience make a choice with the gifts given by God, either obedience or disobedience. If one chooses disobedience the wrath of God will come in due season. The children of disobedience failure to cry out to God for deliverance will surely die. For it takes faith to believe that God can deliver but it takes more to believe in Godís provision of salvation. This why when we look at Christ on the cross and lift Him, it is like the time Moses when he put a brazen fiery bronze serpent on a pole and anyone that look at it, would be saved. Moses was a man that the children of Israel sought out to talk to God for them. Yet Moses himself could not save the children of Israel. Moses bore witness of God gifts would eventually lead Israel to their own relationship with God. Some of Israel died because of a lack of faith but it bore witness for those who looked at the serpent on the pole of what Moses said would be true. Israel had believed slowly through the lack of water and water provide, to manna for food and then quail for meat.
It simple really Godís gifts are irrevocable on our part, but what we do with Godís gifts may bring death and destruction without faith. Many people believe in just Jesus through the Gospel message never hearing about God beyond Him being the Father of Jesus. The idea of not knowing or having knowledge of God and the Holy Spirit and having only faith in Jesus seem illogical that grew up understanding one God in three personís. Paul in his writing often denotes both Father and Son. Paul also used the word Spirit in reference to the Holy Spirit. In Acts 19 some had received the baptism of John the Baptist, and this would have been about repentance, but these people had not receive information about Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Cornelius understood about God but did not know Christ. The Samaritans in Acts 8 knew not about the gift of the Holy Spirit, yet the Holy Spirit was both Old Testament and New Testament gift.
We cannot deny the gifts of God, but Godís gifts are good to those that will trust in Him, and can be evil for those that fail to believe. What can we say then does God not give good gifts to his children and non-children? Yet the gifts might be short lived in the children of disobedience. Solomon asked for wisdom, but failed to obey the voice of God. He knew his wisdom came from God and even talked to God, but lost his own soul as far as the world knows. David almost lost everything, but God only took it away to remind his humble servant his power.
Godís gifts are for all, but the Holy Spirit cannot dwell forever in unclean vessel. How long did the Holy Spirit live in Saul before finally leaving would be based on Saul final act of disobedience? For Saul to gain power with the people and turned their hearts toward himself and not God. When our leaders fail to exalt God over themselves they are failing at recognizing where their power came from.
Godís gift to his children is always good, but Godís gift in the wrong hands is a gift of destruction to the one with the gift. Ask, knock and receive what God will give you. Never be afraid to ask of God only be afraid of your own ability to believe who it came from and the ability to exalt where that gift came from.
Dear Heavenly Father remind us you know how to give all people good gifts, but faith is much need along with recognizing who those gifts come from. In Jesus precious name, Amen.