16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Every Christmas we all make a list of all the things we would like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. No matter the number of gifts on our list there is usually that one gift, that special gift that we long for most of all. We know about what size and shape that gift should be. More and more gifts are added each day to the pile under the tree. We look for all the ones with our name on them. When we don’t see one that looks as if it will be that perfect gift we are looking for we are disappointed. When Christmas morning comes we are not really that excited because we know just by the wrapping of the gifts that the special one is not there. We begin to open our gifts one by one, ripping off the paper and ribbon to see what not so perfect gift is in the package. Then, we get to that one last gift still knowing that it does not contain what we are truly seeking. We unwrap it to discover that it IS what we have truly been longing for.
Aren’t we all guilty of having this same attitude about what we are believing God for? Don’t we sometimes get a prayer answered but because He did not answer the way we thought He would often times we miss it. We let it go by for something we believe to be better.
All of our gifts come from Him. They are good and they are perfect. We should stay in communication with our Heavenly Father so that we can be sure we don’t over look anything or anyone because of the “wrapping”.
This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. My prayer this week is that each of us will look past the wrapping to discover the good and perfect gift He has for us.