“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15.10From David King:
I know that if my eye caught a blog which mentions giving, I would want to skip over it – so well done for reading this far!
The verse above came up in my Quiet Time yesterday and it made me reflect on how often I am a grudging giver. I give out of duty – and then only out of my spare cash. Why don’t I love giving more? I don’t think that it is because I don’t love people enough – or even that it means I won’t be able to buy something I would like. Deep down, I think that it comes out of fear. Fear that I might need that money in the future.
The second half of verse 10 offers us a deep reassurance. Its message is simple: we have an abundantly gracious and rich God who has promised to provide us with all we need. Therefore, there is no better way to feel secure about our future than to copy his abundant free generosity.
Perhaps next time we are provided with an opportunity for generosity, we can rehearse the Lord’s abundant goodness to us, remind ourselves of his faithfulness and then dip our hands into our pockets and our time.