Acts 20:35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
My heart was thankful for the Lord preparing me during times past. I knew how to feed our family from scraps in the pantry. It was one of the few months a year we wait for our mortgage to come out of our account before the paycheck.
Thick with trust, I knew God would provide. Nothing we have is ours, but His by His generosity.
At the same time, I felt the pull by the Spirit to give to support those affected by the storm. Not hearing confirmation from my husband, I waited. The Spirit assured me kindly. He laid a certain amount of money on my heart, He would provide us the ability to give it.
At the same time, rumors spread of a fuel shortage in Texas. Vehicles lined up around corners at the few remaining gas stations. Yet the Lord gave me peace. He always makes a way through, reminding us to trustfully lean into Him.
Finally through prayer, and discussing with my hubby, we agreed to half the amount. Later, that very same day, we received a refund check unexpectedly. Amazingly, the check exceeded the original amount the Lord laid on my heart.
Through this, the Lord confirmed I should’ve trusted the amount I felt in my heart. He always works everything out according to His will.
Has the Lord laid on your heart to give to His work, for His Kingdom? We don’t always get it right, but let’s pray, listen and trust His voice.
When we start to give, we will experiencing the greater blessing of giving over receiving. Realizing everything we have comes from the Father, our thankful hearts will overflow with generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Dear Lord, the God who supplies my needs, continue filling my heart with trust. Let thankfulness overflow not only in word, but also in deed. ~Amen.
Did you know:
El Shaddai (the Hebrew word in the Old Testament) means Creator, Almighty. El is short for Elohim meaning strong Creator. The Hebrew word shad, meaning breast is not related to Shaddai, however it gives us a fun word play. This reminds us that God tenderly loves us and provides for us like a nursing mother. These two divine qualities illustrate the strength and tenderness of God.
Ref: My Father’s Names by Elmer L. Towns pp.45,46
For more on the Names of God
In todays verse, Paul quotes Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive. Even though it cannot be found in the gospels, we can find in John 21:25 that not everything Jesus did was written down. However, we can assume that these unmentioned things were passed on by the Apostles.
Ref: NLT Study Bible -> If you don’t have a study Bible, I highly recommend getting a good one. Dive deep into God’s Word with other followers of Christ!