“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. ‘But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' ‘In tithes and offerings.’” – Malachi 3:8
In an article entitled “Faithful Generosity, Even When You're Broke”, author Heather Hocking writes: “Generosity requires trust, not money. No one can live generously without trusting the Lord. A wealthy person can give vast amounts of money apart from Christ, but true generosity requires sacrificial giving in joyful submission to the Lord. For that, one must trust that God is a good Father who will provide for you and that you matter to Him. Generosity pushes us further into knowing and trusting the love of God. No matter my income level, if I don’t trust God to provide for me, I’ll lead toward hoarding my resources.
Recently my husband was laid off, and our cushy income vanished. My first instinct was to stop all of our monthly giving and hoard everything we had. Thankfully, my husband called me out on that. We continue to give, trusting God will provide for our family and thanking Him that we still get the opportunity to sow into the kingdom. If we get close to the bottom of our savings, we may need to prayerfully re-evaluate. But no matter what, we will continue to choose to trust rather than fear.”
The Lord desires for us to be cheerful givers. Today in prayer, ask the Lord to give you wisdom and joy in your giving.
“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo
God’s Word: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7