Do You Know the Biblical Principle the Most Promises are Attached to?
It’s Christmastime 2017! Two days ago we were at a widow’s home picking up some fresh, homemade bread. When we got into the car, Ruthie said, “Bruce, remember I asked if we could help Sandra out with Christmas—$100? Could we give that now?” Sandra has nine children, and some grandchildren, and she does what she can to support her family, but she has no regular job since some of her children are still in school.
There are more promises in the Bible connected to giving than any other area. My favorite is 2 Corinthians 9. We are in the season where giving is in the air, all around.
I agreed to give to Sandra, and I happened to have five 20’s in my wallet. Ruthie ran the money back into the house. When someone gives to our ministry, we pray a blessing on their money—that it will be a seed that will grow into a blessing. We pray a similar prayer when we give to others—we thank God in advance for His promise to bless our gift. I knew we were not shorting ourselves in any way by investing in Sandra—that somehow, someway, it would come back. Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, “Cast your bread upon the waters: for you will find it after many days.”
The next day (yesterday) we got a check in the mail from someone who wanted to bless us—$100. This happens time and time again. It’s hilarious! At times, it is far more than what we gave, but consistently, it is linked in some way to what we gave.
Honestly, when you are giving with a heart of faith and love, you simply can’t out-give God. So, why wouldn’t we give? Malachi 3:10 challenges believers to test God—“see if I will not open to you the windows of Heaven!” I could list the verses here, but I’d rather you do an online search: Bible promises about giving, and look at what pops up!
Take a step of faith. Ask God where He would have you give. Don’t give to get, but feel free to claim and enjoy the many promises that in one way or another say, You can’t out-give God!”
Ruthie and I wish you a very special Christmas!