Tag: running over

Connecting through cheerful giving!

Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 35-40

The Lord told Moses to have the Israelites bring Him an offering. (Exodus 25:1-2)  He wanted those who were willing to give as their heart prompted them.  His job was to receive the offering from the people and use it for God’s intended purpose to build the Tabernacle.

God’s desire was that His people learn to be willing givers and experience blessing.  He was the original giver and set an example for us.  Everything we have has come from His hand!  He sends rain for the earth and crops.  He gives strength and ability to work.  His gracious giving is hard to understand, considering how unfaithful and wasteful we sometimes are.

Jesus taught that our giving was a prerequisite for determining God’s measure back to us.  “Give and it shall be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  The people in Exodus willingly gave a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, oil and cloth.  They also freely gave of their time and talents to make what was needed for God’s house!  They gave so generously that Moses had to tell them to stop! (Exodus 36:6-7)

Giving is the one place in Scripture that God says you can test Him!  Malachi 3:8-12 instructs us test God by bringing the whole tithe into the storehouse (where you are fed).   God will then open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain.  May the Lord open the windows of heaven on you as you cheerfully “bring him an offering”!

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7-8

Tags : , , , , ,