If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
We’re not greedy. We don’t want everything. We would just like a few things. Like just a little more money, or the nagging cold to go away, some peace, fulfillment and happiness. Is that too much to ask for?
The apostle Paul wrote that God “graciously gives us all things.” With eyes fixated on the here and now, we hear God’s promise and wonder why life isn’t better. Has God forgotten to give me my “all things”? Where is the health I desire? Where is that new gadget, nicer car, bigger home and nicer vacation? Why aren’t my relationships better and my life more rewarding? We figure that we’re not asking for all things, like God promises. We just want a few things.
Whether or not we’re asking for those things or something completely different, we expect far too little. God gives you and me a huge promise. The list of good things from God doesn’t start with our health, wealth and happiness. If you read the sentences Paul wrote right before this, you’d see the much bigger and more valuable things God gives you.
God gives gifts that he knows will have lasting value and bring you enduring joy. He chose you to be his child and to be shaped into his image. God worked through his word to call you to faith and declared you not guilty of all your sins. God promises to give you a real and enduring home with him, and will free you from all sorrow and pain. God promises that even now he works all things for your spiritual and eternal good.
At times, you will wish for good things you don’t currently have. You’ll experience hurt and loss. Don’t worry. Trust God’s promise. Your sins are forgiven. Your home is heaven. Even the worst that life throws your way will be worked for your spiritual and eternal good. God will give you all things.
How do you know all this is true? God gave his Son. God gave his Son for you. You can be confident that God is always for you.
Gracious God, forgive me for worrying and grumbling about what I do not have. Thank you for giving your Son for me. I know you love me and that you keep all your promises. Give me patience in hardship. Bless me with faith that trusts that at all times and in all things you are for me, loving me and will give me all things. Amen.