Saturday, June 15, 2019

God's Gifts

Our gifts from God are all above, below, and around us.  They are seen as elements in the sky, on land, waters, in different dimensions, and shapes.  Through many planets, continents, regions, countries, landscapes, mountains, canyons, oceans, seas, rivers, and streams we are blessed with these gifts.  These gifts are all graced with God’s beauty and charm.  Citizens experience the population of their nations, ethnic, and religious differences.  They are part of their culture, transportation system, lifestyle, and professions.  These gifts are shaped by the institutions, corporations, and organizations of their countries.  People around the world speak in multiple languages, and science and technology have ushered in ubiquitous communication networks.  All these visible blessings are from God.. 
Just like how men and women are awed by God’s majestic gifts, there’s also a whole spiritual realm that’s more stupendous, often not felt, heard, or seen.  These invisible forces exist.  Just imagine the wind that blows that is often mild, moderate, or fierce.  It could be soothing, comforting, erratic, or violent. The wind’s emotions people experience when the weather is good, or bad.  These earthly inhabitants however live through the storms of life with typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes. 

Nature of Gifts

Like the wind people couldn’t see, but still feel its effects. Believers witness the sick healed, but still don’t believe because of their lack of faith.  They know evil is bad, but still do bad things.  Many are blessed with good gifts, and attribute them to chance, or randomness.  Blessings though could come in many forms.  Not all of them are great, but some are small miracles that people often fail to see.  But there are those gifts the Eternal Spirit has graced us with.  They come from the same Universal Spirit.  These blessings are through God from the Book of Deuteronomy 28:2-8:

“All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.  The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.  Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.  You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.  The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you.  They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.  The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hands to.  The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.”

Therefore it’s wise to be of service in the world, and surprises await us wherever we turn.  Some of these might not make much sense immediately, are difficult to understand, but on reflection the Great Spirit was at work.  These gifts are the best experiences that comfort believers, who walk by faith, and live in God’s light.              

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