Counting your blessings is something that will keep you grounded. Taking time to reflect on all that God has given you can change your heart. It helps you ward off pride and reminds you that every good thing is from above. James, Jesus’ brother, warns us not to deceive ourselves.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
You Are Not Fully Responsible
Every good thing you have was given to you from your Heavenly Father above. You may not look at it that way, but you will see that it was a blessing from the Lord if you connect the dots. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you are solely responsible for what you have in life. If that were the case, you would also have a lot of headache and heartache from your decisions, but God decided to spare you in His Grace.
There is a trap a lot of Christians fall into, thinking they are a self-made person. That permeates people’s thinking because they buy into the lie that society preaches. If you work hard enough and long enough, you will be a success. They never tell you the stories of the multitudes that do that, and because of hard times or bad breaks, it doesn’t work out. Don’t get me wrong. The Bible says that God looks at our hard work and blesses us for our faithfulness, but that proves this verse.
Every Good Thing is from Above
James is writing this to remind people to be grateful for what God has given them. In your morning devotion time, I would recommend that you start a journal, and part of that journaling time be where you tell God how grateful you are for the many blessings He has bestowed on you. It will also help open your eyes more often. Every good thing is from above.