“All God Has To Give” (Romans 8: 32, NEB) by Carley Evans

“[God] does not spare His own Son, but gives Him up for us all; and with this gift how can He fail to lavish upon us all He has to give?”

God is generous. He desires to “lavish upon us all He has.” He holds back nothing from us; all that He gives to us is His best. Nothing is too good for those of us He loves; for He gives His ultimate in His Son’s death and resurrection. And if He is willing to give His very Son, how can He not give us all else? I am convinced that God gives generously, without reproach.

The gift I covet is the gift of wisdom. James tells us to ask God for wisdom when we find ourselves short of it. If we know God gives without hesitation, then we gain the wisdom we desire. All we need do is believe in God’s willingness to give. We must not ask and then doubt; for both the gift and the One who gives it are ours even before we ask.

Take all God has to give.

“The Word Has Stood The Test” (Psalm 18: 30, NEB) by Carley Evans

“The Lord’s Word has stood the test; He is the shield of all who take refuge in Him.”

John writes, “When all things began, the Word already was. The Word dwelt with God, and what God was, the Word was. The Word, then, was with God at the beginning, and through Him all things came to be; no single thing was created without Him.” (John 1: 1 – 3)

The test of the Word was His life here on earth, and His death on the cross of Calvary. He “stood the test;” and by dying and coming back to life, became “the shield of all who take refuge in Him.”

The Word “makes my way blameless.” (Psalm 18: 32) He “gives me the shield of [His] salvation, [His] hand sustains me, [His] providence makes me great.” (Psalm 18: 35)

“No One Will Take Your Joy” (John 16: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans

Here in this world, Jesus tells us we will have trouble; we will have tribulation. But, He also promises that He has overcome this world; therefore we are able to take heart. Even in the deepest pain, we find His peace is available.

“You will be sorrowful,” says Jesus. “But your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16: 20 – 22)

Jesus sings of His death and resurrection through the psalmist, David: “I will extol You, O Lord, for You have drawn Me up and have not let My foes rejoice over Me. O Lord My God, I cried to You for help, and You have healed Me. O Lord, You have brought up My soul from Sheol; You restored Me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy Name. For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30: 1 – 5)

Like Jesus before us, we leave suffering behind. Joy returns to us in the morning. And no one will take it away.