One of God’s attributes I don’t often hear taught on is his generosity.
We teach about God’s sovereignty and holiness, his infinite power, his omniscience, wisdom and love. Of course, because he is loving he is generous. But I have not heard many who have focused on God’s lavish generosity.
Of course I have taught and believe that we should be generous because our God is generous and will abundantly reward us when we are. But I have not heard many teachings about expecting God to be generous to us when we come to him with our needs and requests.
Our God is a lavish, overflowing, generous, bountiful, magnanimous God who loves to give good gifts to his children. He even blesses those who hate him with thousands of good things. How much more will he bless those he bought with his Son’s precious blood.
When we look at his creation we can catch a glimpse of God’s overflowing, lavish nature.
He created billions of galaxies and stars. The sun, the moon, the planets…God didn’t create just one simple kind of star. He is over-the-top creative…generous. The heavens declare the glory of God, including his abundant, bountiful nature.
Look at the earth. There are more than 750 species of butterflies and 11,000 species of moths that have been recorded and many many more out there yet to be recorded. There are somewhere over 22,000 species of fish. There are over 150 species of roses. I might have guessed 6. Heck, there are 35,000 species of spiders in the world. Think about that, you who have arachnophobia.
And of course, the greatest most generous gift our God has given us is the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, who in the greatest act of generosity ever, poured out his blood to save us, and give us the infinitely wonderful gift of eternal life.
But when I pray, for some reason I have to really fight to believe that God is generous and lavish. So I need to remind myself on a regular basis that our God is benevolent and is just waiting to pour out his kindness upon me.
So here are 20 Scriptures about God’s generosity for us to meditate on and call to mind, especially when we pray.
God is generous #1: God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:3
It is wonderful beyond our imaginations that God saved us and forgave us. But God also adopted us as his own children, made us joint-heirs with Christ and blessed us with EVERY blessing of heaven.
God is generous #2: God has lavished his grace upon us
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, Ephesians 1:7-8
God didn’t give us a small amount of grace, but LAVISHED US with his grace out of his riches. He doesn’t simply give us the grace of forgiveness, but gives us grace to know him, enjoy him, overcome sin, love others, and become like Christ, just to mention a few aspects of his lavish grace.
God is generous #3: God richly provides all things for us to enjoy
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be conceited and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but in God, who richly provides all things for us to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17
What an amazing God – he RICHLY provides ALL THINGS for us to enjoy: Family, friends, food, sunsets, sports, art, music, delightful weather, books, laughter, movies, rest, sleep…ALL THINGS that we enjoy are gifts from God.
God is generous #4: Our Father gives good things to those who ask
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11
Our heavenly Father loves to give GOOD THINGS to us when we ask. Health and healing are good things. Our children’s salvation is a wonderful thing. What good thing do you desire? Ask your Father in heaven.
God is generous #5: Our Father bestows favor, honor, and every good thing
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
Our Father is a bright shining, hope-giving sun and a protector, our shield. He bestows his own favor and honor on us, and loves to fill our lives with good things, especially spiritual good things, like hope, joy, and peace.
God is generous #6: Our Father graciously gives us all things
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
If God would do the big thing, give his own Son for us, would he withhold any lesser thing? No! He will, “also with him GRACIOUSLY give us all things.” If he gave us Jesus, will he not supply a job? Will he not give us wisdom and lead us?
God is generous #7 Our Father gives us every good gift
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
EVERY good and perfect gift comes from our Father. And he doesn’t change. He wouldn’t give us this beautiful world and send his Son to save us, then change and stop giving us good gifts.
God is generous #8: Our Father has abundant goodness stored up for us
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31.19
This is one of my favorite verses. God has ABUNDANT GOODNESS stored up for us. Bags and bags of grace he is just waiting to pour out on us. We can look forward to the future, for he has blessings STORED UP for us.
God is generous #9: Our Father desires our joy to be full
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23-24
I love to see my children joyful. How much more does our Father, the fountain of joy, love to see us full of joy. So he tells us to ask him for whatever we desire. This past winter I started asking God to help me love winter, and he helped me a lot. I’m not a skier yet, but I’m going to keep asking him to help me love winter.
God is generous #10: God loves to satisfy us with his goodness
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! Psalm 65:4
Who doesn’t want to be satisfied in life? God desires that you and I be satisfied in him, with his goodness, in who he is. He will help us be content in all circumstances.
God is generous #11: God enriches us in every way that we might be generous
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Cor 9:11
Just as God is generous, he will enrich us to be generous, so that thanks will rise to him. I believe God’s promise that giving brings even more joy than receiving. God is so generous he wants us to know the joy he has in blessing others.
God is generous #12: God makes us spiritually rich through Jesus
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
If we have Jesus, we are rich beyond our wildest imaginations. We don’t need this world to satisfy us, because we have riches of forgiveness and joy and knowing God. And someday we will enjoy riches we can’t even imagine in heaven.
God is generous #13: If God saved us, how much more will he give us every other blessing
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
God told Israel, “If I did the big thing, delivering you from Egypt, then ask me to do lesser things, like provide for you. Open your mouth wide – ask me for anything, ask me for big things, ask me for all you need – and I will fill it. I will answer your prayers.”
God is generous #14: God is our ultimate joy, but he loves to bless us with our hearts’ desires
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
When our deepest desire is to know and love Jesus, of course he will fulfill these desires. And our God is so generous, he will give us the ultimate desires of our hearts, like our children’s salvation.
God is generous #15: God rewards those who seek him
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
I often remind myself that God is a rewarder of those who seek him. Especially because my prayers so often feel weak. God doesn’t say he rewards those who pray the most incredible powerful prayers. He promises to reward those who seek him in their weakness. We seek him because we need him, not because we are powerful. Our generous God rewards the weak who come to him.
God is generous #16: God makes ALL grace ABOUND to us, that we might abound
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
God doesn’t simply give us enough grace to barely get by, he gives us grace to abound. Oh how abundant is your goodness which you have stored up….
God is generous #17: God promises us a joyful harvest for our prayers and our work for him
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6
A farmer plants seeds. Tiny, insignificant, unimpressive seeds. But God causes tiny seeds to produce an incredible harvest. Seeds turn into sheaves. Keep praying to our generous lavish God, even when you pray with tears. And don’t give up, because:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
God is generous #18: God pours out his wisdom generously
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
I need God’s wisdom for my life. I need his guidance and direction. I’m so grateful he promises to pour out wisdom on his children. God doesn’t leave us guessing when we ask for direction, but he counsels us with his eye upon us (Psalm 32:8).
God is generous #19: God supplies all our needs out of his riches
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
God is rich. And he promises to supply our EVERY NEED, not just some of our needs, but EVERY NEED, out of his riches.
God is generous #20: God desires us to “feast” upon him and his abundance
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. Psalm 36:7-8
Our life in Jesus is to be a feast, a continual drinking from the river of delights, Jesus himself. And someday we will will dine with Jesus and the saints at the wedding feast of the Lamb.