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PROMISE TO GENEROUSLY PROVIDE
(23 June 2017)
Today we are going to take a promise from God's Word and pull it apart a little to see what God is saying to us.
The verse we will be looking at comes from Paul's second letter to the believers in Corinth.
In the ninth chapter, he talks about their giving to the believers in Jerusalem. He cautions them to give willingly and cheerfully. And then the Holy Spirit inspires him to write: "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others" (vs.8).
And God - God. Our wonderful Father in heaven. The One who created us. The One who gave His Son to die on the cross and pay for our sins, so we can be saved and be in a relationship with Him. He is the One who will supply our needs. He is our Source. It is not the government, or our employer, or the bank. God is our Source. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. He has promised to take care of us and to supply our needs.
will - This is an important little word. He will provide what we need. Not 'He might' nor 'He could', but He will.
generously provide - According to the dictionary, 'generous' means 'showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected'. God's provision is never stingy. It is never barely enough. He is always ready to give more and more of what we need. In Malachi 3:10 He even promises that when we tithe, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great we won't have enough room to take it in. That sounds like generosity and abundance to me!
all you need - God supplies all we need. Not just in some areas. In all areas. That means, it doesn't matter what I have need of, I can come to God and ask, and trust Him to provide what I need.
Then you will always have everything you need - God supplies our needs, so we always have enough.
and plenty left over to share with others - He supplies in such abundance we don't just have enough for ourselves, but more than enough to help others in need as well.
Giving generously and cheerfully is one way we show the unbelieving world the character and heart of our Father.
He gives generously to give us an opportunity to imitate Him and give generously as well.
We all have needs. I don't know what you need, but I do know God will generously provide all you need. His provision will be so generous you will have everything you need to take care of yourself and your family, and you will even have plenty left over to share with those around you!