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In His Presence Are Presents

In prayer last week, God reminded me of when my kids were smaller and we would pray at night. Often, I would say something about or ask God to “fill their rooms with His presence.” Obviously, having an awareness of His being there with us (especially when we tend to fear) is a good thing!

The kids didn’t object to this, of course, but one of them (can’t remember which one) understood me to say “presents” instead of presence. God filling their room with His presents was an exciting prospect for sure!

All this made me wonder, do we really expect to receive something when we ask? When we worship? When we obey His call, instruction, voice, etc.?

This is not about trying to manipulate God or “give to get” as some see it; it’s about knowing the nature of our good Father. He delights to bless and even looks for those to whom He can give.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. –Hebrews 11:6

Believing that He is gives you the first key, but you also have to exercise faith and expectation in the reality that He rewards those who seek Him. You find His presence, He reveals His presents. More presence, more presents.

Some say, “That cheapens it. Feels wrong. I love Jesus and just want to spend time with Him–no expectations. He doesn’t owe me anything.” And you’re right! He doesn’t owe you anything, but He longs to give you everything.

You are part of the Bride of Christ. This provides a picture of His heart as a husband for us.

My wife and I have been together nearly twenty years and I still love to give her gifts. That doesn’t mean every gift is a diamond bracelet. Sometimes it’s a card or flowers. Sometimes it’s simply providing a listening ear or a comforting and calming embrace.

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.  –Psalm 16:11

Joy that’s full and eternal pleasures are pretty great gifts! He will never run out.

A Father delights to give, a husband delights to give, a friend delights to give, a King delights to give–He is all of these and more–Giver of life!

Don’t sing a song about His peace calming your fears and not expect that present in His presence. Don’t pray the scripture to which He directed you and not expect the fulfillment of it. Come with faith and exercise it.

Expect the gift of His voice, a scripture, a dream for your future, even something as simple as a feeling. Could be any number of things. He’s not limited to anything except your faith (and that’s only because He stands by His word).

His presence in itself is a beautiful gift, but don’t stop there because He knows what you need to receive and what He wants to give you. You just have to open it up.

Does this make sense to you? Have you ever struggled with the idea of God as Giver? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on this?

8 Comments

  1. I love this reflection, Jason! God’s presence IS our present each and every day. We only have to open our hands in faith to receive them.
    Blessings!

    • It’s amazing how available He is when we simply turn our hearts. He just loves us so much! Incredible. Thank you, Martha.

  2. makes perfect sense Jason. While I loathe the name it and claim it heresy, I also realize that God delights in giving to His children. It just not be what we expect or even want. He knows best. I’m just thrilled to have the sense of His presence.
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    • Exactly. I think because we’ve rejected an invalid teaching some have gone to the other extreme, but He does give (only) good gifts. We may need His help seeing the gifts He’s given, but He’s so faithful. Thank you, Bill!

  3. I’ve never struggled with God as a giver. After all, one of His many names is Jehovah Jireh right? He sends down the rain on both the righteous and unrighteous. Even though we may not see right away, everything that God sends our way is out of His love for us!

    • Good! I think where I struggled in the past was believing I had to do enough to earn something from Him, but He simply lavishes His love on us. We can expect Him to show up and do something! Good thoughts, Ed. Thanks!

  4. As King David said, “What is it to me to give to You what since all things come from your hand?” (paraphrase)

    Not just the material presents, but the ones like each breath. We take so much for granted. His love is so eternal that He also gives it to those that use the breath to curse Him. That’s love and presents and presence.

    • So true! We take things for granted and take Him for granted, yet He loves. He is so good. Thanks so much, Floyd.

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