God’s Generosity and Provision
The fear of having what you need is common. It can be especially tempting if you are placing yourself in a position of trusting God to provide. But God’s generosity and provision
I am doing something a little different today. I’ll share a video from John Eldredge reading an excerpt of his book, Beautiful Outlaw. It’s a portion from Chapter 6 entitled Extravagant Generosity. And I’ll also share some verses about God’s provision. I believe you will be blessed by this.
What’s Your Idea of God’s Generosity and Provision?
Trinna and I set out to learn about God’s heart to give around four years ago. Giving is not just about finances but up until then, we had a twisted ideology which glorified lack and poverty as if it was a blessing to not have money. We told God we would lay down our thoughts and submit to His ideas about provision. Since then we’ve given more than ever. We always tithed, but we’ve listened to God and given above that, even extravagantly when He led us to.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.1 Timothy 6:17-19 NASB
It’s funny because when Trinna and I originally took “spiritual gift assessments,” generosity was far outshined by other gifts. Over the last four years that has changed and now it is one of our highest gifts. What’s strange is we’ve not only given more than ever, but we’ve received more than ever. We know that’s not what it’s about though.Giving and receiving isn't about us, but simply reflecting the light of God's generosity and provision without concern for ourselves. Click To Tweet
Seek God’s Kingdom First and Trust Him to Take Care of You
If you’re going through a season where you’re worried about finances, these are the words of Jesus…
“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?
“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
“And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers
ofthe field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these! So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”Matthew 6:25-34 TPT
You Can Be Generous and Not Worry About Your Needs—God Will Provide and Teach You to Thrive in Any Circumstance
Paul was a great missionary, giving his life for the sake of the gospel of Christ. When he was writing to the
How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 1Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once.
I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.Philippians 4:10-20 NLT
Reflect God’s Generosity and Provision
Pray and ask God if there’s anything you need to hear Him say about your needs, His generous blessings, and anything you should do to trust and reflect Him more.