Heaven Pt. 132: Purposeful Gifts

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13 “You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good. 14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. 15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them. Neh. 9:13-15 NIV

As I read the “Heaven” verses today I am reminded that we are just 63 short days away from Christmas! The retailers are about to go mad as men and women, boys and girls begin searching for those perfect gifts for those special someones. Some will find the perfect gifts others will not. They will settle on items sure to be regifted at 2014’s white elephant swap.

While our gifts might not be perfect, God’s gifts never fall short of the mark. He always gives us exactly what we need even if sometimes it is not exactly what we want.

God gave his children laws and decrees that would set them up with the perfect society, a society that would have the moral integrity to rightly rule the nations. Israel proved not only that they couldn’t live up to the law but that most of the time they didn’t even want to try.

God gave them manna and water from the rock and yet while the manna gave them strength and the water slaked their thirst the Israelites could never stop complaining about the fact that it was not meat and milk.

I postulate that the gifts were what the Israelites needed and they were given for a purpose. The laws and commands were given to build morality into a culture that had been bathed in the worldliness of Egypt and therefore the weakness of Egypt. They were given so that Israel would have the fortitude to go in and take possession of their rightful homeland.  Even the severely monochromatic diet God gave the Israelites was given to drive them into the Promised Land; It was given so that they would not choose 40 years in the desert over conquest of a land flowing with milk and honey. Instead of recognizing these gifts as provisions and incentives though  the Israelites chose to look at them as God leaving them with the short stick.

Today God HAS given you WHAT YOU NEED. Most likely it is not all that you want. How does this perceived lack  actually drive you toward God’s ultimate plan for your life? How does the gift you never wanted strengthen you for the battle that cannot be avoided?

The Heaven Posts are a word study through the Bible using every mention of the word “Heaven”. If you would like to read other Heaven posts go to       https://josephelonlillie.com/pastor-wrinkles/the-heaven-posts/

5 thoughts on “Heaven Pt. 132: Purposeful Gifts

  1. God in His beautiful act of love gives intangible and tangible gifts. The Israelites, though living in the harsh desert sun, had clothes that didn’t wear out.
    My family when we served as missionaries with no extra coin for clothing were taken care of in amazing ways but the tangible reminder was the clothing that didn’t wear out and an empty bottle of perfume amazingly had one more spritz left (for years)
    Thank you for your reminder of God’s choice of gifts for His people

  2. God has provided for my family in amazing ways. Through his provision I have grown to depend on Him for everything. I no longer wish to be independent but rather dependent on Him. The gift of His love and comfort to me over these past five years has and is so much more than words can say. I know He is preparing me for the battle to come for nothing is impossible with God. I love moondustwriter’s story!

  3. I have come to realise that apart from the most precious gift of Himself, one of His best gifts (though not one asked for or wanted) has been the gift of problems – and the bigger the problem, the more precious has been the gift. Thankfully, we can look back on our lives and see that the biggest hurdles we encountered – the biggest problems – were indeed times of big spurts in spiritual growth as we were drawn much closer to Him and more dependent on Him. I praise God for those times.

    We serve an incredibly amazing God who always desires the very, very best for us and gives according to His abundance.

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