A Gift for My Son

Can you believe that another ten years has passed and a new decade is upon us?

For our family, our eldest son was born at the turn of the century. Thus, Micah Man has a birthday year that is always easy for us to remember! When it was 2005, Micah was an energetic, joyful, and playful five-year old. When 2010 arrived, Micah turned ten and enjoyed the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa – a memory none of us will ever forget as South Africa scored the first goal of the tournament and the whole city erupted in excitment. In 2015, Micah was fifteen when we toured Washington DC at the start of our home assignment in the United States. Now, 2020 is approaching. Micah will soon celebrate his 20th year of life. Incredible!

As his mom, there are tons of things – TONS – that I would like to give my firstborn. Along with the physical items he will need for his college dorm room soon, there is something that I want my son to know and experience this new year and in the ten years to come in tangible ways.

It’s not only a gift, but a promise.

Here it is:

And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

New International Version, Philippians 4:19

The Message offers this verse in this way:

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul offered assuring and confident words to this generous and faithful group of believers. The Philippian Church had cared for Paul in his times of need. And truly, these periods in Paul’s life had been distressful, difficult, and discouraging. Yet, the Philippians had come to his aid and offered tangible help and encouragement. Thus, Paul wanted this group to know that the good they had done on his behalf was noted, honored, and remembered by his God.

In other words, since the Philippians had not forgotten Paul in his time of trouble, the Lord would not forget them in their times of need, either.

I want my son to know the same thing.

As Micah is generous with his time, his abilities, and his finances in wise and discerning ways, I have no doubt that our Lord and Savior will meet him at points of need as well.

How do I know that?

Because I’ve experienced this fulfilled promise in my own life – decade after decade after decade.

Even in my own trials, difficulties, and setbacks, my God has been present to offer fresh supplies of his mercy, his grace and his love when I needed these gifts from him the most.

Time and time again, my God has supplied me with whatever I’ve needed to live my life – knowing that he loves me, he’s with me, and he is for me.

Because, as we all know, life can be hard. Waves of disappointment ebb and flow into our minds after a significant loss. Feelings of insecurity and isolation may overwhelm our hearts when we feel like no one cares.  Discontentment may embitter our souls. Health challenges often betray our bodies causing us to be frustrated that we can’t do what we once could.  Any one of these difficulties can send us to a pit of doubt, discouragement and despair.

And this is a no man’s land – a place where we wonder if God’s promises are really for us.

Yet, I believe that the fullness of God is infinite! It is through Jesus Christ that we can experience the fullness of the Lord’s gifts of providence and grace especially in challenging times. For it is then, that we often need to experience a new and fresh revelation of his love. Because, we’re fickle like that. At least, I can be. When life is difficult, and the circumstances related to this new challenge beg for our attention, we can forget all of the times that the Lord has cared for us in the past. Thus, we need a fresh expression of his love. And the Lord is gracious and generous enough to offer us what we need at just the right time and in just the right place.

This is what I want Micah Man, you and me to know when new and different life challenges arise in this new decade of our lives. Promises abound and are fulfilled in Jesus Christ when we trust in him.

In Jesus Christ, we can discover new depths of his love.

In Jesus Christ, we are supplied fresh assurances of his grace.

In Jesus Christ, we experience revelations of his joy.

In Jesus Christ, we are empowered with his strength.

In Jesus Christ, we are blessed with his kindness.

In Jesus Christ, we encounter his favor and faithfulness.

In Jesus Christ, we are supplied with his regenerating peace and comfort.

These promises are not only for my son and my family, but for you, too!

What is it that you are seeking, looking for, or desiring as this decade comes to an end this year? What do you really need from Jesus Christ at this point in your life?

I believe that the Lord has an inexhaustible ability and strength to supply your heart’s need – even the courage, the in-explainable, incomprehensible courage and strength that you will need to face your most difficult life challenges in the coming decade.  It doesn’t matter what is ahead of us, the Lord Jesus Christ was enough to meet our needs in the past, and he is more than sufficient to meet our needs now and in the future.

Yes, this is what I want my son to know and experience as Micah begins his new and very different life in the States.

This is what I want you to know and experience, too – wherever you are in the world!

The Lord Jesus Christ is rich in grace, in mercy and in love to care for us all,  today and tomorrow.

Yes, trials and hardships abound. Yet, fresh discoveries of God’s love are ready to be found!

May the Lord Jesus Christ meet us at our point of need and fill our hearts with his love, his grace, and his peace in assuring ways in the new year and in the new decade.

I desire this fulfillment of love in my son’s life and in your life, too! It’s an amazing gift!

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

2 thoughts on “A Gift for My Son

  1. YES!!

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