In our small group Bible study, there was a family in great financial need. They needed the basic necessities, like food, but they also had some medical needs. Many of the families in our group were also facing trials of their own. Budgets were tight in these difficult economic times. How could they possibly be called on to help this family when they only had enough to feed their own? But, God’s people are cheerful givers. They know that as stewards, all that they have ultimately belongs to The Lord.
So, they gave. They gave over and above this family’s need. They gave generously because they have received generously from Christ. And, this was their response, “We thank God for giving us the opportunity to be used by Him.” They were living testimonies of Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
But, it’s not always easy to give, especially when you are in a great need yourself. Sometimes, it may even be easier to turn the other way and hope that need will be met by someone with greater means. For the person faced with the question of whether or not to give, it really becomes a matter of trust. Will you trust that God will provide for your needs?
I read an amazing passage a few weeks ago in Leviticus 25. God had instructed the Israelites that every seventh year was to be a sabbath year of the land, a time when their land would be given rest from sowing. In the eighth year, they could begin sowing again, but the new crops would not come in until the ninth year. That’s three years of trusting God! Wouldn’t you be worried?
But God, their Provider, assured them,
“And if you say, ‘What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather in our crop?’ I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, so that it will produce a crop sufficient for three years.” (Leviticus 25:20-21)
Remember God owns all things! He is more than able to multiply the little that we have to provide for our needs and the needs of others.