50 Gifts God Has Given Us

It’s Christmas which means three things: 1. The UPS man has been here more times than I can count. 2. I am desperately trying to find time to make Christmas cookies. 3. It’s time for my annual Christmas post. (If you’d like to revisit last years, just click HERE – A Letter To Mary.) So a few weeks back I asked the Lord, “What would you have me share this year?” to which one word kept coming to mind: gifts. Not surprising since I love presents and like to remind my husband on a regular basis “gifts” is indeed my love language. But gifts Lord? Yes beloved, gifts.

Well okey-dokey then, gifts it is. Never did I imagine the blessing that would come with studying the many gifts God has given us. It’s breathtaking. It’s humbling. It’s by no means exhaustive, but has served to remind me of the vast goodness of my God every time I’ve read through it. I urge you to not just read the first word but the verse too; that God’s love for you this Christmas might sink in a little deeper. But remember it’s through Christ Jesus alone we know and experience these gifts as God intends. So without further ado, I present you with 50 Gifts God Has Given Us:

  1. Light – “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
  2. Food – “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” Psalm 145:15
  3. Rest – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
  4. Presence – “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
  5. Peace – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
  6. His Spirit – “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
  7. Life – “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 6:13
  8. Breath – “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10
  9. Steadfast love – “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
  10. Mercy – “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:9
  11. Warning – “For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”” Hebrews 10:30
  12. A Future – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
  13. Rain – “He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields.” Job 5:10
  14. His life – “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
  15. An eternal kingdom – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
  16. Justice – “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” Luke 18:7
  17. Victory – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
  18. Leadership – “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry…” Ephesians 4:11-12
  19. Eternal Life – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
  20. His Word – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  21. Riches – “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.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
  22. Worth – “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
  23. Shelter – “For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat…” Isaiah 25:4
  24. Counsel – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
  25. Possessions – “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
  26. Righteousness – “The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction.” Romans 3:22
  27. Reconciliation – “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:11
  28. Adoption – “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
  29. Grace – “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7
  30. Evidence – “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
  31. Confidence – “By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
  32. Inheritance – “Born again…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
  33. Acceptance – “But in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” Acts 10:35
  34. Belonging – “And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” 1 Cor. 3:23
  35. Security – “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 6:37
  36. Wisdom – “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
  37. Repentance – “God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31
  38. Kindness – “…for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
  39. Unity – “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” John 17:22
  40. Purpose – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
  41. Freedom – “And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39
  42. Strength – “I can do all things through him who strengthens” Philippians 4:13
  43. Hope – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
  44. Every Good Thing – “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
  45. Children – “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
  46. Joy – “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
  47. Forgiveness – “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
  48. Salvation – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
  49. Love – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  50. A Sign – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

Merry Christmas!

It’s Not What We Have, It’s How We Use It

It was done. The LORD passed over as he’d said and just like that the 10th plague was finished. The firstborn of every Israelite family was still safe, alive, and covered by the blood of the lamb. While the Egyptians, stunned, heartbroken, scared, mourned the loss of theirs. The death of their loved ones not necessarily a quiet passing, it says the Egyptians cried out in the night. Along with Pharaoh, who now faced life apart from his oldest boy.


Devotional Scripture: Exodus 12:29-36
Key Verse: “The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing.” Exodus 12:35


The loss more than he could handle, Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron while it was still dark. “Get out of here. Go, all of you. Your flocks, your herds, your little ones. Leave. And bless me on your way out!” (My paraphrase.)

At last, they heard the word they’d been waiting for! “Go!” The Israelite’s after 430 years were free! Redeemed! No longer slaves in a foreign land, but God’s chosen people on their way to the Promised Land.

Walking away from the only life they’d ever known, with no time to prepare. The exodus so sudden, not even their cakes of dough had time to rise (v. 39). But it didn’t matter because the LORD was on watch that night (v. 42). They’d be fine, this was God’s will and He was with them. (A point I’d do well to remember when life surprises me, giving me little time to prepare.)

But they certainly weren’t leaving empty handed. Instructed to ask the Egyptians “for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing” (12:35), they had plenty. In fact, they were rich! The Egyptians more than a little afraid of the Israelites by this point, gave abundantly and gave freely. So much so, verse 36 says they plundered the Egyptians.

Can you imagine that conversation? “Hey, can I have your gold?” Or was it, “Oh by the way, I’d like your valuables. And that blue fabric back there – I’ll take that too.” Or maybe the shyer type took the lighter approach, “So I was thinkin’ maybe you could give me your valuables?” No matter how you state it, sounds awkward doesn’t it?

Yet the Israelites were told to ask. Specifically, the women, according to Exodus 4:22, “But each woman shall ask of her neighbor…for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing.” Fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham hundreds of years prior to bring his descendants out the land of their affliction “with great possessions” (Gen. 15:14). Another example to us that God never forgets a promise.

But the gold and silver spilling out of their pockets was more than just a fulfilled promise, it was a visible demonstration of God’s justice. Back wages, if you will, for their years of unpaid service. Not a day of injustice went by that God didn’t see and calculate. A refreshing thought, isn’t it?

It’s also a picture for us of the riches we gain at the point of salvation. Keep in mind the overall picture being developed in Exodus is Christ’s ability to redeem all people, not just the Israelite’s. And when He does, he grants us gifts. #1 Lavishing us with every spiritual blessing, “according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). #2 Sealing us “with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it” (Eph 1:7, 13-14). #3 Filling us each with spiritual gifts. Ephesians 4:8 says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

Gifts like teaching, serving, encouraging, leading. Or mercy, wisdom, faith. (There’s more. God’s creative. This is not an exhaustive list.) In the first century church, there was also the gifts of healing, miraculous powers, the speaking of tongues, and the discerning thereof. Which God used to confirm the truth of His message. (Now we have the Bible to do that.)

In addition, James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” And I’ve got a lot of those! The point is, our pockets are just as full as theirs were! But the question is, what will we do with it all?

The Israelite’s chose well when they used their abundance of riches to build the Tabernacle. They gave freely and without restraint. Each one more than willing to handover the wealth I’m sure they’d come to cherish. In fact, they gave so much, Moses told them to stop!

Hearts overflowing with gratitude for the salvation they neither earned nor achieved, the Israelite’s used what they’d been given for God’s purposes. Their willingness a notable example to us of using our gifts for God’s glory. Building up and enhancing his kingdom, instead of our own. Keeping in mind if it weren’t for God, we’d have none of it.

But the pouring back of our gifts, the using them for God’s purposes and not our own, is not our natural bent. What if we need that money? What if we could use our talents for something beyond the church? A thought that if we’re honest, floats in and out of our minds. But the blessing of using what we have for God’s glory, will always far outweigh the blessing of using it for our own.

What I can gain now, is no comparison to what I can gain later. Besides, using the gifts God’s given me for my own purposes, doesn’t typically lead to good places.

Unsure if Moses would ever come down from the mountain, it was only a matter of weeks before the Israelite’s reached into their gold laden pockets to make a calf to worship. Using the gifts God had given them for their own satisfaction resulting in a fast and furious walk down the path of sin!

Igniting God’s anger. (He sent a plague.) Putting them at risk of attack. (Ever considered how sin puts us at risk of attack by the enemy?) And causing division. It’s at this point the Levite’s were separated from the rest of the nation as God’s ordained priests. But the original plan was for everyone to be a priest.

Because of Israel’s choice to serve their own desires, they missed out on some serious blessing.

To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). But we don’t sweat it. Just as God never missed a day of injustice, neither does he miss a day of offering given in His name. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do” (Heb. 6:10).

Our pockets are plum full. Overflowing actually. The question isn’t, do we have anything to give? The question is, what will we do with what we’ve been given?

The choice is ours. Choose wisely.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
What gifts has God given you that you can use for His glory?
How are you currently using the gifts God’s given you?

Subscribe Today
And never miss another Deeper Devo. Plus, you'll receive a free print-at-home family devotional/coloring book. What could be better? (Don't answer that.)
We respect your privacy.