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).
When I first became a grandfather one of my goals was to spoil my granddaughter.
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 had the time and money, I probably would have tried to convert Stephen and Jen’s home into a veritable Toys”R”Us. And now with five grandchildren, I love blessing them all, just like I love blessing my own kids.
God loves to bless his children infinitely more than any earthly parent
He has 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 are not enough computers in the world to track his kindness to us. Even while we are sleeping, he pours out mercies on us, most of which we haven’t even sought.
He puts the fear of him in our hearts so we will never turn away from him. What security! If left to myself, I’m sure I would 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 God does not dole out blessings upon us begrudgingly, but does so with gusto
He says, “I will rejoice in doing them good.” He takes pleasure in heaping his love upon us. Multiply the joy I get out of blessing my grandchildren by infinity. He promises to bless us “with all my heart and all my soul.” Think of it: the Lord of the universe, does good to us with all HIS heart and all HIS soul. I would be thrilled if a human being tried to bless me with all his strength, but to have God promise to put his almighty heart and soul into blessing me leaves me speechless.
How can we not trust him, and praise him and rejoice in him?