Summary: One internet search engine listed over 200,000 items that included the phrase: “the gift that never stops giving”! No material or earthly gift that man can give will last forever.
The Gift That Never Stops Giving
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (NKJV)
During the Christmas season most of us give a great deal of thought to the gifts we will give our loved ones. We strive to select something that will have not only genuine usefulness but of a quality that will have durability. Our efforts often come short of our objective regardless of the time, effort and money we invest in the process.
Using one internet search engine, I found that there were over 200,000 items that included the phrase: “the gift that never stops giving”! Try as we may, no material or earthly gift that we give our loved ones will last forever.
Many of the gifts that God gives will last for a relatively short period of time; others will last for our lifetime; whereas others will last for eternity. Be reminded that every gift from God will last for as long as it is needed. Those that last for a short period are only needed for that time. Those that last for a lifetime will not be needed beyond that. Then there are the gifts which will last for eternity.
After we consider the temporality of man’s gifts, let us look at the three categories of God’s gifts to His children which never stop giving.
MATERIAL GIFTS THAT MEN GIVE WILL STOP GIVING AT SOME POINT IN TIME.
The advertisement may read: “Diamonds are forever!” but that is simply not true. The Scripture says: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 (NKJV)
GOD’S SHORT-TERM GIFTS THAT NEVER STOP GIVING UNTIL THAT PARTICULAR NEED HAS BEEN MET:
Jeremiah writes: "And I said, "My strength and my hope Have perished from the LORD. ’Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ’The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ’Therefore I hope in Him!" Lamentations 3:18-24 (NKJV)
Countless have been the times when our Lord has given us that special gift when we so badly needed it.
Perhaps it was renewed strength for the task He had given us as in Isaiah 40:41: "But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."
On another occasion it may have been the gift of discernment for some special situation; the gift of patience in some trial we were experiencing; the gift of light when the path we had taken seemed dark as was true with David: "For You are my lamp, O LORD; The LORD shall enlighten my darkness."
2 Samuel 22:29 (NKJV)
And how many times has God given the gift of a friend when we so badly needed a friend? Such was the case with David. We read: "So David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. And David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest. Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God." 1 Samuel 23:15-16 (NKJV)