"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." ~Luke 6:38
When I felt led to do this year-long series on giving, I wanted to write from the perspective of a giver. And I have. But what I did not plan on was being on the receiving end of exactly what I was teaching about giving. You can literally Give Your Way to More Than Enough. In the past few years, God has blessed my family to be able to give so abundantly, that we literally did not know where the money was coming from, and almost as soon as we would give it away, it would come back into our hands multiplied 10, 50, 100 times more than what we had given. So, I know what it means to be able to give abundantly, even out of meager means.
But what happens when you go from the above to losing almost everything? What can we expect from God, His word, and His promises? Well throughout this extremely difficult time of endurance and lack, I can humbly say that in spite of our true lack and great need, God has provided more than enough. Every. Single. Time.
EVERY. TIME. HE. Has provided more than enough…
- finances enough to keep the roof over our head
- food to enjoy and keep our bellies full
- friendship for fellowship and support
- family who loves us and whom we love
- faith to, as my pastor urged yesterday, “pray one more time” every time we felt like giving up
This is what it means to have abundance. Over the next couple of weeks we all will be hearing a lot about abundance and giving thanks. Never forget that what you give in great measure always comes back to you…and if you have received abundantly, don’t hesitate to give back and forward in the same manner. Both seasons are from The Lord!
I’m praying for you…
With Great Expectation,