Our natural tendency is to save what we have for our own well-being. We have the fear of the possibility of not having enough when we give to others. However, God’s truth says otherwise. We can be sure we are always taken care of when we give. Will you overcome the fear of giving?
My husband and I were about to leave a worship night at church. A lady stopped my husband and asked if he knew anyone who lived in the downtown area because she needed a ride home. He didn’t know anyone who was from that area, and we ourselves lived quite far from downtown.
He could have told the lady sorry and left, but he instead asked me if it was ok if we took her home. I had thoughts in my mind that it would mean we would get home later and have to drive farther which meant more gas. But I knew that God had provided us with the means to help so I agreed to help the lady.
On our way to taking her home, we found out that she works at Universal Studios and offered to give us 2 free tickets to enjoy the park. What a blessing!
That situation alone showed us that God loves it when we help those in need. Whether it be driving someone home or giving to others, God sees our heart to serve His people. We don’t serve to get something from someone, but it is God’s principle to bless when we give.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap…”
The key word in this verse is “running over”. When we give with a genuine heart, He makes sure to provide to us more than what we need. The enemy wants to paralyze us with fear so that we never see God’s principles as reality over our lives.
Fear says when we give, we will be in lack. God says when we give, we will be in overflow.
God’s ways will always require our faith, and this is no different in regards to giving. It’s impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). The only way to prove our love to God is by obeying and trusting in Him.
His desire is for us to help those in need. Leviticus 25:35 says, “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.”
Jesus also says in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
When we give unto others God promises us this:
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” (Leviticus 26:3-5)
When we give and obey God, He promises that we will always be taken care of. He knows the desires of our hearts and He longs to see us enjoy His blessings. Every day we have the choice to follow our ways or God’s ways. If we want to see God real in our lives, we have to start obeying His ways.
Another fear we may have with giving is seeing our current situation of lack. Whether we are in lack or not, we must always trust what God is putting in our hearts to do. 1 Kings 17 presents a widow women and her son who were in lack. Because they gave what they had, God provided more than enough for them.
The women said in 1 Kings 17:12, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son…” Elijah still asked her to give him bread because God told him “the jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.” (1 Kings 17:14)
The women obeyed and saw God’s promise come to pass. 1 Kings 17:16 says, “For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”
Just as God made sure the widow and her son were well taken care of, God will also make sure that you are well taken care of.
What has God put in your heart to do? How can God use you to help those around you?
Whether you are in lack or not, know that God can use you and will bless you. God is a good father and would never ask you to do anything that would harm you. So remember, overcome the fear of giving.