The “answer”

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I couldn’t sleep the other night. So I turned on the living room television, but found mostly infomercials. Some guy with a mullet and a bow tie hoped to sell me, “The Answer.”

“Yes! For just two easy payments of $39.95, you can possess the greatest wealth building secrets of all time–conveniently printed on three laminated cards.”

The huckster claimed he carried these cards in his back pocket at all times; they allowed him to make thousands of dollars while he slept.

“Your pajamas have pockets? There’s not an app for that?”

There’s nothing like talking back to a TV at 2 a.m.😉

After about 30 minutes, I returned to dreamland. But something from that silly infomercial stuck in my head: the idea of making money in your sleep. There’s a passage in the Bible about God working while we sleep, I thought. Sure enough, I found it over breakfast.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Psalm 127:2 (NIV)

What strikes me about this verse is the fact that God GIVES. One of the cross references is Isaiah 55:1–where the Lord invites everyone to “Come to the waters and drink at NO COST.”

Inspired, I dug deeper into the Bible to find more things that God gives us. Here’s a sampling:

  • God gives us songs in the night (Job 35:10).
  • He gives food to every creature (Psalm 136:25).
  • The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness to those who please Him. (Ecc. 6:22).
  • God gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 42.29).
  • Jesus gives us peace that’s not like the world’s (John 14:27).
  • He gives us life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25).

Of course, all these things aren’t REALLY without cost; they are free to us because Christ already paid for them. That could be a discussion in itself.

In the meantime, isn’t it wonderful that God freely offers His best to us?

You don’t need the “answer” to anything if you know the God of everything!





34 responses to “The “answer””

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Crystal! I’m glad you thought the post was worth saving. I appreciate your reading and commenting. Blessings!

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  2. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Songs, food, wisdom, knowledge, happiness, strength, peace, life and breath. What a bounty! Saving this post.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    How true, Mamalava! God’s presence in our lives is like a fountain of living water that never runs dry! Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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  4. Mamalava Avatar

    God is so generous and He never runs out, no matter how much He gives out!

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Manette. And thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings!

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  6. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    Thanks for the sweet reminder that God is who gives us all things.

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  7. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Amen to your last line!

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Ha, Ha! Thanks.

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  9. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I love that verse! Also, how could you not believe a guy with a mullet! Sign me up!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed, Joseph. Thank you and God Bless.


  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, Matt! In Christ are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I forget the address, at the moment, but it says this somewhere in the NT. Thank you for your comment. God Bless.


  12. ropheka Avatar

    Jehovah gives to His children.
    Those not of His family are not entitled to anything.
    To receive these gifts we must be obedient and loving to Him.


  13. jesusluvsall Avatar

    The secret is there is no secret. God shared it long long ago in his Word.

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  14. MariaTeresa Avatar

    🙏🙏🙏and to you as well my friend 😊

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Jeff. Thanks for checking in. God Bless!


  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Maria. All His best to you. Blessings!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you , brother! God Bless!


  18. Alan Kearns Avatar

    He is the answer! Great post brother, I especially loved the cherry on the top of the cake:
    “You don’t need the “answer” to anything if you know the God of everything!”
    God bless you this weekend David.

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  19. MariaTeresa Avatar

    Absolutely, God is everything and gives us the best! Celebrating this beautiful post my friend ❤Life and love affirming 😊

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  20. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    David! This is a great start to my day! I didn’t know that verse from Psalms! And then you dug out all those other great passages for us this morning. Thank you for this!

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  21. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    I told a friend recently that receiving is as much an act of faith as giving is.

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    As a fellow type A person, it’s hard for me to take my foot off the gas sometimes. Being a receiver means slowing down enough to let others contribute. I’m still learning this as well.

    Thank you for checking in, Chris. God Bless.

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Well stated, Manu! Again, you are a great summarizer. Blessings!

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  24. Perth Girl Avatar

    God is our author and our answer 🙌

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  25. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    One of the hardest things we have to learn in life is to be a receiver. It takes humility to be on the receiving end. I’m afraid that I’ve personally rejected many things God gave because of my pride. Thankfully He gives us grace and still offers these gifts when we’ve become humble enough to receive them.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It is a picture of true grace, indeed. I hope to never forget where it come from—God Himself. Thank you for reading and commenting, Pete.


  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, BG. It’s not like we don’t have an example to follow. Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith. Thank you for stopping by today! Blessings.

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  28. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Oh so interesting. I had always thought that God gave us sleep not gave us other things while we sleep! That is so much more a picture of grace. Thank you Dave. Have a blessed weekend.


  29. BG Avatar

    It was God’s manner to love and give so that we might follow His example! Thanks for this share David!

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  30. BG Avatar

    For God “so” loved, He gave! So should we! That’s a good answer! Right? 😊

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your reading and commenting, Bridget. It’s super easy (for me) to agree with God, and yet still go out and worry when life get complicated. The good news is, because of His loving care and provision, all the questions have already been answered.

    Prayers and love. 🙏❤️

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Barb! I just need to always remember that. Blessings.

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  33. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Such a wonderful reminder of how freely God gives us so much. It would do us good to remember this the next time we are tempted to complain about something. I am so grateful for our heavenly Father, who is a giver. Thank you for this comforting post.

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  34. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I know the answer 😊😉

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