Last week we looked at the first of financial moves for Christians during difficult times, which is to trust in God completely and not in man or money.
The next financial move goes against conventional wisdom and it may not make sense on the surface, but that is how God works.
Give generously. Shouldn’t we be storing up every dollar we can, along with toilet paper?
God’s miraculous means of providing for us, beyond our understanding, begins with our giving while believing in His promises.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Luke 6:38
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Here we see God’s promise, and reminder, that He is our Provider, and it is according to His ability and His grace to provide for us that we may have all sufficiency, as we give!
We may think it is challenging today to give first, trusting God, then wait and watch for Him to meet our need in ways we do not understand. Imagine being the widow (found in 1 Kings 17:8-16) who was preparing one last, measly corn cake so that she and her son could take a bite then wait to die of starvation. God sends His man, the prophet Elijah, to go help this woman. Upon his arrival he did not turn rocks into bread or speak to sticks to turn into food. His solution must have caused great concern for this dear woman. “Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.”
Let’s step into her sandals for a moment. There is a famine in the land – the stores have been raided by hoarders of all toilet paper and food. There is just enough meal to have a tiny morsel, and you are literally preparing to lay down and die. Then a prophet shows up and requests that you feed him, first! What is going through your mind? How are you feeling? Are you quick to hand him over your last bit of edible substance? While to man this was an impossible situation, with God all things all possible. The Bible records that God provided for this meal to continue and does not report that it the barrel of meal ever stopped producing more meal. That is miraculous! The danger is on our own disbelief, or that the belief that God no longer works miraculously, thinking that this event was limited to the Old Testament.
While God may not provide for you and me through a barrel that never empties, He still keeps His promises and does so in ways that are far above our ways (Is. 55:8-9). He is the Rewarder to those who depend on Him and trust Him.