“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Isa 55:1)
What a wonderful picture of a God who will provide for all our needs and satisfy the desires of our hearts. Freely given in abundance are water for the thirsty and sustenance without us giving anything.
This unilateral giving from a loving God is a demonstration of the heart of God, Who is not looking for anything in return. He wants to provide not only water that will ensure we live and milk to help us grow but also wine for us to enjoy.
It is an invitation to the thirsty—to those of us who recognize our need and that it is only in God that we can find true rest for our souls and satisfaction that knows no bounds or ends.
Quick Prayer: How You freely give is truly staggering to me. Amen.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor 9:11)
I love to give. This is something I can take no pride in. It is something God has done in my heart over many years. I have learned the joy of generosity as I have seen the fruit of sowing into people’s lives.
God will ensure that we are enriched so we can be generous. What do you have in your hand? Is it just a little? Ask God to show you a need, and meet it. Joy will fill your heart, and He will be honored.
Quick Prayer: Show me how to be generous in every way, and open my heart to give freely. Amen.
“And everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.” (Exo 35:21)
We are all part of the universal church of God. He has reflected His personality and various traits in a multitude of Christian expression in many denominations. We are here as His body to reach the lost with the truth.
Part of our responsibility is to fund the effective proclamation of the Gospel. That can take a multitude of expression, both locally and internationally and in so many wonderful ways.
We can be moved by personal gain or by the compassion of God to build His Kingdom. Giving to the work of God is one important way we can help be a part of the answer.
Quick Prayer: Move my heart to meet the needs of Your kingdom in a practical way. Amen.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7)
We are often told how to give and how much to give. God’s way is clear, and it is not a formula. We should give as we have decided to give in our hearts. We are not to give reluctantly, nor should there be any measure of any kind of compulsory assumption.
How much are you happy to give? That sounds like an odd question, but it is worth considering. If God would like us to be cheerful when we give, how much are we happy to give cheerfully? Decide away from pressures and sermons in a quiet reflective time with God. Don’t be reluctant, and do not feel forced in any way. Give out of a thankful heart in gratitude for all He has and will provide. Don’t try to bribe God, and really, happily, cheerfully enjoy this wonderful act of worship.
Quick Prayer: I cheerfully give to You, Lord. Amen.
“‘Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and my name is to be feared among the nations.’” (Mal 1:14)
Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we are freed from the curse of the breach of the Law. We are now subject to grace and the blessing of Abraham because we live by faith.
The essence of this passage is when we promise to give of our best, we should keep our word. In those moments where we feel full of the power of God and sense His presence, we are quick to say we will do this and that and promise to give and achieve or follow a set of standards. We would do well to keep our word or promise what we intend to fulfill. He is Almighty God. If we have that relationship right, we are more likely to keep our word with those around us at work.
Quick Prayer: May I always be a person of my word. Amen.