God is Holding Out on Me

Devotional on Romans 8:32

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?Romans 8:32

Have you ever felt like you are getting the short end of the stick?

God is holding out on me.

I don’t think many of us would say it this way, but I think that this is the attitude of our heart sometimes.

Imagine a small boy who receives dinner from his mother and lets out an exasperated cry. His mother immediately turns around and asks her son to explain the source of his frustration. The boy sincerely explains that his disappointment is with the broccoli on his plate, not with her.

What mother would return to her dinner with relief that she is not source of her son’s aggravation? Very few. Why? Because she knows that although the broccoli may be the point of contention, ultimately the dissatisfaction of her son is aimed at her.

Think about the boss that may have overlooked you for promotion, or the boyfriend/girlfriend that may have dumped you. If you maintained your indignation, you may slowly start to believe that God is holding out on you. Have you experienced this?

We see in today’s verse that although our circumstances may at times veil the generosity of God, the truth is that He gave us that which is of greatest value to Him: His Son! We rest assured that God is not holding out on us; in fact, he is generous and good!

Today, let us fight our thoughts of entitlement and discontent and enjoy God’s generosity.

Father, I thank You that in Your perfect love, you give and take exactly what I need for joy, growth and holiness. Please help me to walk by faith, not by sight; faith that you are not holding out on me but are exceedingly generous in every way. Help me to trust You in the face of paralyzing disappointment and discontent. Amen.

By Thomas Pujol

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