Ref Genesis 22:2, 9-12
Giving is a response of a heart in obedience to the word of GOD. Abraham responded obediently and promptly when commanded to give his only son whom he loved to the Lord. Isaac is described as his only son, but he was also his first – the son of promise. Abraham offered to the Lord his first part and something he loved dearly. Giving our first part and what we love or matters a great deal to us honors GOD. We need to be reminded that giving honors GOD, and not man – He is the object of our worship.
In 1 Kings 17 we encounter Prophet Elijah and the widow of Zarephath in a very difficult time of famine. The Lord had sent Elijah to her because it was through her that He would provide for His servant. She hardly had any food save for a handful of flour, a little oil and a couple of sticks to prepare a measly meal for her and her son. When the prophet asked her to make a little for him first, she flatly refused and reasonably so. But the man of GOD told her not to fear – faith implied. She did and the flour never got used up nor did the jar of oil run dry. We need to obey the word even in the toughest of hours like this widow did. We need not fear, but believe. When we give obediently to the Lord in faith, only one thing follows naturally – a miracle – regardless of adversities.
This widow gave to the man of GOD what her life and that of her son depended on. This type of giving honors the Lord. Sometimes giving becomes a sacrifice. You’ll be tested if you’d still give in unfavorable circumstances. This is why we are called to walk by faith, and not by sight. God’s principles are always constant in the ever-changing times and circumstances of this world. The kingdom cannot be shaken, it is forever. Don’t base your faithful obedience to the Lord on how things look like on the outside, rather look on the inside and act according to the leading of the Spirit and the word.
God’s principles are always in operation. So we determine our own harvest. Giving is always rewarded in the kingdom of GOD. If you want to receive, give. Giving and receiving is a timeless cycle. You can enter it anywhere; any time. This is a miracle of provision. When you are experiencing lack for no apparent reason check yourself on the following: first your giving pattern, second your giving consistency or faithfulness, third your motive for giving and lastly your love walk towards the brethren. GOD will not bless a heart filled with grudges, unforgiveness, bitterness, offence, etc. The Lord looks at the heart. When giving check the attitude and motive of your heart. It must be to honor or worship the Lord out of affection, submission and devotion. How you give matters more than what you give.
Don’t base your faithful obedience to the Lord on how things look like on the outside, rather look on the inside and act according to the leading of the Spirit and the word