A generous God

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

What a beautiful occasion the Royal Wedding turned out to be; a time to be celebrated and enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands who turned out in London, and by millions of others across the nation and across the world.

In his address to the royal couple the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, spoke about our “generous God.” What an apt and accurate description of the One who not only created us, but also created the world for our enjoyment. Jesus Himself said, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The idea of God being generous is perfectly captured in the Hebrew word dayenu, which has its place in the annual Passover celebration. Dayenu means “it would have been sufficient.” As we consider the good things God gives, so we see His generosity in giving us far more than we deserve. Not only does He offer us His love, but also His forgiveness; not only a new start in life now, but also life in eternity; not only His help and strength, but He also fills us with His Holy Spirit. He is indeed “a generous God.” As the apsotle Paul writes: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance … and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)

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