Every Good Gift and Perfect Gift Is From Above

Last night, during our Bible story time, I was teaching the 3rd-5th graders about our complete dependence on God. I asked them to name things they enjoy that are obvious gifts from God. Little hands shot up around the room; voices followed…


“The love of my parents for me.”

“Shelter and clothes.”



(Yes, child…just, yes.)

God, What Is Going On?

photoIn the midst of confusion, we often wonder where God is and what the future holds.

This morning, I found a ragged slip of paper in my Bible. On it was a quote from Chuck Swindoll. I had jotted it down over a decade ago and slipped it between the pages. It read, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

So very true.  

I was reminded of Elisabeth Elliot…“We never know what God has up His sleeve. You never know what might happen; you only know what you have to do now.”  

And Thomas Carlyle as well…“Do the Duty which lies nearest thee, which thou knowest to be a Duty! Thy second Duty will already have become clearer.”

And then there is that old hymn...”Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

Faith and obedience, even through the fire of uncertainty, knowing He is not only bringing you through the blaze, but that He is there with you. 

“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Pet. 4:19).

Perhaps the best answer to, “God, what on earth are You doing?” is simply this:

“Something not of earth.”

(Is. 55:8)