I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul (JE 32.40-41).
One of my new prerogatives as a grandfather is spoiling my granddaughter.
Before vacation, I pillaged a number of neighborhood garage sales and carted home bags of colorful blocks, noisy toys and brightly colored books to give baby Charis. If I had the time and money, I’d probably convert Stephen and Jen’s home into a veritable Toys ‘R Us if they’d let me. I love blessing Charis, just like I love blessing my own kids.
But God loves to bless his children infinitely more. He’s made an unbreakable, unchangeable promise to never stop doing good to us. He pours out his kindness on us every hour of every day in this life and will continue to lavish the riches of his grace on us in the coming ages (EPH 2.7). God has bags and bags of grace stored up for us. And nothing, including our sins and failures will deter his generous hand.
There aren’t enough computers in the world to track his kindness to us. Even while we’re sleeping, he’s overnighting mercies to us, most of which we haven’t even sought.
He puts the fear of him in our hearts so we’ll never turn away from him. What security! If left to myself, I’d bolt from Jesus quicker than a cockroach from a spotlight. But our Father continually replenishes our love for him from the infinite spring of his own love.
And he doesn’t begrudgingly dole out blessings, but does good to us with gusto- “I will rejoice in doing them good.” He takes pleasure in heaping his love on us. Take the charge I get out of blessing my granddaughter and multiply it by infinity.
And God promises to bless us “with all my heart and all my soul.” Think of it: the Lord of the universe, doing good to us with all HIS heart and all HIS soul. I’d be happy if a human tried to bless me with all his human strength, but to have God promise to put his almighty heart and soul into blessing me leaves me speechless.
How can we not praise him?
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