Cheerful Giver = Trust in God

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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.

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6 thoughts on “Cheerful Giver = Trust in God

  1. This is such a tough pill to swallow. It’s something nobody likes to think about, but it happens, and to more of us than we think. I have shamefully been overcome with greed over food and toiletries, or special “free” offers that I didn’t want to share with anyone else – because I wanted it all for my family. Realizing this sucks, but it’s an eye opener. Something I definitely need to pray more about – to fear everything that’s associated with living on a small income is so stupid… Because I KNOW there is always room to give.

    Thank you for taking the time today to be thoughtful over this. I needed to read it in my own walk.

    1. Yes, I agree … a tough pill for many of us to swallow. I heard a testimony at church service today that fits with what I shared in this post … When it comes to money and possessions, we usually think of only savers and spenders. I know I would easily classify myself as a saver. But, as Christians, we should strive to be more than merely savers and spenders … like our God, we should be generous givers! So convicting!

  2. What a great reminder! I need to be more generous when God calls us to be and trust Him to provide and meet our needs. It’s one of those things that’s so easy to say but when it actually comes down to it trusting can be hard. Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Whether we have much or little, being generous with others is something most of us need to grow in. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment! God bless you!

  3. Definitely a great reminder :). I like the verses you used to demonstrate not only giving generously but the concepts of the wisdom of storing up and incorporating rest. Thanks for sharing those verses.

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