Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 18, 2019
By Guest Writer: LeAnne Martin
He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9
I am a beauty lover. Beauty in almost any form moves me, but especially in nature. Some of my favorite moments with beauty include:
Moments like these fill me with awe and compel me to worship the God who created the beauty around us—a God who is generous beyond measure.
Generosity is part of God’s nature. As He spoke creation into being, He filled the earth with good things: light and sky, land and sea, plants and trees, living creatures of all kinds. And finally, man and woman. You and me.
Having created all of this, He also sustains it. “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9). He meets our physical needs through His provision. And He meets our spiritual needs, too.
In language rich with imagery, He invites us to come to Him, to take a seat at His table spread with a bounty we can scarcely imagine. Golden platters piled high with love, deep bowls rich with grace, vast tureens of forgiveness, and baskets spilling over with mercy. “Come and eat,” He says in Isaiah 55. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” in Psalm 34.
When we partake—when we hear His Word or the Good News or a friend’s testimony—we get a taste of what’s possible. We get a glimpse of what He is offering: the fulfillment of our deepest spiritual needs through the death and resurrection of Jesus, His perfect Son.
God’s generosity, it seems, knows no bounds.
My gratitude to Him makes me want to show my love for Him by sharing what He’s given me. When I do so, perhaps by making a financial gift to feed the hungry, a deep sense of joy and delight wells up in me. I get to be part of what He’s doing. I get to help others taste and see that the Lord is good.
God’s generosity stretches further than the painted sunset-sky above, shines brighter than an endless sunflower field, soars higher than the Alps. Everywhere, we see evidence of our generous God. Everywhere, we see the beauty of His generosity.
“Rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before” (Joel 2:23).
Father, give me a heart that responds to your generosity by sharing your abundance with others. Use me to draw others to Your table so their hearts can be filled with Your bounty too.
Where have you seen God’s generous nature in your life? Where might He be calling you to follow His example? Spend some time in prayer and ask for wisdom in following through on what He reveals to you.
Our gratitude to God compels us to express love for Him by sharing what He’s given us. #wisdomhunters #generous
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