“Who Receives the Thanks?”

Categories: In the Bulletin

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” – James 1:17.

Gift: Thing that is given freely.

According to an article in a US magazine, a woman living in Costa Mesa, California, found a small package on the door step that contained the keys to a car and a note that said: "This gift is for you because I love you." It also included a verse of Scripture and was signed, "An angel of the Lord." At the entrance of her house there was the latest model car, just what she needed to replace her old car, which worked badly.

The woman was so grateful that she hung a sign on the door of her garage that said, "THANK GOD." A neighbor boy asked her, “Did God drop the car from heaven?" The magazine did not report her response, but surely she did not believe the car had fallen from the sky. She simply wanted to express her thanks to her anonymous friend, who might be passing by. But her poster was also making an important statement: Every good gift finally comes from God.

David recognized this truth when he and his people celebrated the enormous offerings that had been given for the construction of the temple. They could have patted each other on the back and exchanged mutual praises for each other's generosity. But they did not do it that way. David showed wisdom and maturity as the leader of Israel in thanking God for all his blessings. He knew that when a gift comes from human hands, it is the Lord who deserves praise.

1 Chronicles 29:12 – “Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all ...”

-Jaime Restrepo