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Bible verse for May 20
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11 NIV)
Prayer Reflections for May 20
He gives good and beautiful gifts.
I recently received a gift set of a spoon rest and spoon from my sister-in-law. It is beautiful, the wooden spoon is well-conditioned and the rest itself is marble. It is a beautiful set. The issue is that my other sister-in-law gave us state-shaped spoon rests a couple of years ago and so I already have two. Now I have three. But, the new one is so beautiful I wanted to use it. So I got creative and I’ve found another use for it – it makes a perfect coaster! It is white and flat and marble. It looks great and is a bright spot in my work area.
Matthew 7:11 (NIV) says, ‘If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’
I received good and beautiful gifts, without asking. When we ask, or make our list, we are usually more excited (and they don’t end up in the ‘what do I do with this?’ pile).
That is how it works with God, too.
A few years ago, I asked him for an opportunity to serve him and my community. We had moved to the area just a few months before and it had gotten difficult to meet people. So, I asked God to plug me into the local church. The last thing I expected was a call to join the women’s ministry team. So, God’s gift to my ask was this ministry! I hadn’t ‘done’ women’s ministry before so I didn’t know how I was going to contribute.
You see, God doesn’t just give good gifts when we ask. He gives good gifts all the time. I’m not too excited to have the gift of organization. But he gave it to me, and I am grateful. It helps with homemaking and caring for the family well. But he had other plans for this gift, that was much like the second or third spoon rest. What to do with it? The women’s ministry needed that gift.
God is so good that he answered my ask with a gift and had already supplied the gifts within me that would be needed to carry out the work he called me to do. He abounds in goodness!
I’ve received good and beautiful gifts from God, before I even asked, and again when I have. He gives good and beautiful gifts.
You see, God doesn’t just give good gifts when we ask. He gives good gifts all the time. -Sarah Howley Click To Tweet
May 20 Prayer
Dear Lord, Help me to remember that you don’t simply give us good gifts when we ask, but you give good gifts all the time. Open my eyes to see those gifts you lay out before me, and help me grow in gratitude. Amen.
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Sarah K. Howley is a Bible study author and the founder of InspiritEncourage as well as a trained Christian counselor. She has lived in five countries on four continents and totes her special stovetop espresso machine wherever she goes. She loves Jesus and is passionate about helping believers grow spiritually and take on His character. Sarah and her husband support initiatives for feeding the hungry and expanding access to reading. Find her at inspiritencourage.com.