When I decide to give to a good cause the question arises, “How much can I afford to give but still have enough for my future?” It’s an excellent question that should be asked. However, my answers are often guided too much by worries about tomorrow and my gifts often shrink from relatively “generous” to “safe”, or even worse.
God’s promises remind us of some universal principles of giving that are as sure as gravity.
In Proverbs we read, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”1 That’s a promise from our Father.
Jesus tells us, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things”,2 and He promises, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.”3
Our Father is the Great Provider. He gives us food, clothing, shelter, work, strength, education and so much more. Let’s be about our Father’s business. Let’s live, and give, by faith, and let God prove His promises for both today and tomorrow.
- Proverbs 11:24-25 (NKJV)
- Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)
- Luke 6:38 (NKJV)