What do we give to the Father who has everything?
Big sales are happening this week-end encouraging customers to purchase gifts for Father’s Day. While my earthly father lived, I bought him items he wanted that matched his hobbies. But as I think about my heavenly Father, what can I give Him that He truly wants?
Because God is busy 24/7 I could buy Him a Joseph-like robe to relax in, but it still would not compare with the robe He already owns! Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
Any clothes I offer the Father would look dull compared to the grandeur of His present magnificent wardrobe. Psalm 104:1 Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Some would think a practical device He could use on specific occasions would make a good gift; like the gift of a hand held flashlight to help Him through the night. But why should God bother carrying an object when He is self sufficient as His own established light source? Psalm 104:2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent
A stylish silk vest, fashionable felt hat or trendy top coat could be used to keep The Father warm. But more precious than any designer wardrobe is righteousness, salvation, vengeance and zeal, which already adorn Him. Isaiah 59:17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
Can it be that God is just one of “those people” we equate to being “hard to buy for”? After all, He is the Maker of all things and can create what He wants when He wants it! Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Anything we could possibly give to God will not be new to Him, right? He set all things in motion which includes everything here on earth. Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the LORD‘s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
And everything includes what is in the earth. We can forget about giving God something expensive like silver goblets or gold coins, because those also are already in His possession. Haggai 2:8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.
Not only can we not give God anything new materially, but we can not even buy Him a spacious acre of land on which to rest His feet because He already owns that too! Leviticus 25:23 “ ’The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.
So what do we give the Father who has everything?
Actually, God already gave us His gift-wish-list through the prophet Micah. Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
 To act justly
 and to love mercy
 and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah lived about 750-680 BC. He became a prophet approximately 150 years before the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. Israel at this time was wicked and evil, trying to appease God with animal sacrifices. But those rituals were not what God wanted and through Micah, God made His request very clear.
2758 years ago God wanted positive action from the people and as is God’s way – nothing has changed! God still desires our gift to Him to be the offering of love. And even though Micah told us exactly what God wanted, God still reminded us again when He lovingly sent Jesus to exemplify the meaning of the gift of love.
2000 years ago Jesus Christ came to the world to show exactly how we should:
- act justly
- love mercifully
- and walk humbly with God.
This is what God wants from us on Father’s Day and each of the 365 days in the year.
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