Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
I’m sure most people, when they read this verse, think of the spiritual gifts that we are given, like teaching, prophesying, etc. But this morning, I saw something else.
The gifts we get are not always ones we’d like to keep! Because often, they are wrapped in illness, betrayal, loss, or pain.
The word “good” in the bible actually means “the best”, or “the best you can get”. (Did you know that??)
And think back to a time when you received a gift (one you actually liked!), and you said, “this is PERFECT! It’s exactly what I needed!”
Through the tough stuff in life, He is equipping us to be more like Him, to love more like Him, to stand more like Him.
I still love the analogy of the cocoon. The butterfly HAS to struggle to get out of the cocoon, because without the struggle, it would never have the strength to fly.
So it is with us.
Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, has kidney cancer. Now, he has already written some incredible songs! But I said to a friend last week, “I cannot WAIT to hear the songs he will write next!!! What amazing lyrics could that guy come up with through the struggle of chemo and cancer!!!!!
That kind of thing excites me, because I have seen how God can use pain as amazing gifts for us, and more importantly, THROUGH us!
Whatever you are going through, please believe it is the “perfect thing” for you, and is His very BEST!
He wasn’t passing out blessings and your name got left off of the list! He passed yours out first! In the form of something that didn’t look much like a blessing…but it is.
The BEST and PERFECT kind.