One of the many things that sets God apart from all other conceptions of gods is that the God describes in such detail and colour in the Bible, is a “Sovereign Giving God.” God gives, and He does so with sovereign superiority. There is none like Him in all of our spheres of knowledge, reason, experience and reality!
God’s Sovereign Giving nature is seen most profoundly in the giving of His only Son so that all who believe in Jesus might not perish but receive yet another gift – eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave”. God gave His Son and eternal life (John 3:16). That Jesus’ life, ministry and death was an act of giving is undeniably clear in the Gospel message – and His Sovereignty in that act of giving is no less obvious. In a grand demonstration of His providential decree, God had orchestrated politics, society, far-east philosophers, and agendas of countless people and nations perfectly, to bring about the birth, ministry, dead, resurrection and ascension of His Son, Jesus Christ – exactly as God had purposed.
But the Sovereign Giving God of the world did not only become the Sovereign Giving God in the New Testament. God cannot change, and His Sovereign Giving nature is as much true of Him dealing with us through His Son, as it was in His dealings with the nation of Israel in all her trials and affairs. God is a Sovereign Giving God who specifically gives to all who have a relationship with Him, be it to a nation like Israel, a tribe like Reuben, Gad, or Manasseh, an individual like Moses and Joshua; or you as a Christian and our church as a body of believers.
God gives, and He gives sovereignly.
And as faithfully as God gives, so He requires you to obey.
Every human relationship with God is based on how God gives and how you obey. Now, God won’t fail in His giving, so if there is any failure in your relationship with God, all the fingers point directly to you – and your level of faithful obedience.
Look at God’s past dealings with you, count His many gifts to you, and consider what your future obedience will be like.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.