Every Good Gift Comes from Above

Judges 16:20

“But he did not know that the LORD had left him.”

Samson fell in love with Delilah, who betrayed him by selling his secret of power to the enemy, and they captured him. He thought he could shake himself free again but didn’t know that his strength had left him (v.19). His hair had no magic power, but was a provision that he must fulfilled to be set apart for the Lord. His power was from the Lord (Judges 14:6, 15:14).

James 1:17 says, “Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.” (ERV) Everything we have is from the Lord, to be used by him through us to bring him honor and glory, but how often do we act like those are our own making? How often do we act like we are so capable of things, that we can rely on ourselves and achieve great things, without giving thanks to or even thinking of the Lord and his calling and purpose in our lives?

Let us stand firm in our faith, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), including every strength or power that we have, and seek to honor the King by following his will to do his work on earth, proclaiming His great name. May the Lord lead us to follow him with a sincere, pure heart, and motivations that centered on Christ, with thankfulness for what He has done for us!

Beauty of the LORD

Psalm 90:17

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;

establish the work of our hands for us-

yes, establish the work of our hands.”

What a beautiful vision to have the beauty of the Lord rest upon us! Our greatest joy as children of God is expressed well in Psalm 27:4, “I ask only one thing from the LORD. This is what I want most: Let me live in the LORD’s house all my life, enjoying the LORD’s beauty and spending time in his palace.” (ERV)

As we dwell in his house, see his glory, and discover his will (EXB), the Lord himself establish the work of our hands for us – the work that he prepared in advance for us to do through these hands that are created by him and belong to him (Ephesians 2:10). What a comfort and blessing that we don’t live or work alone, or without purpose, but we live and work in and with our Creator and Savior, in this temple which his favor dwells, for his glory!