Riches From A Generous Giver

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He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. — 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

I love this text because of how Paul, the author, perceives all life. He views everything in life through a Christian worldview in that there is only one good Giver, which is God. God supplies all natural and all supernatural resources. From the seed of plant life to the seed of spiritual life, God gives it all. And this is not because God possesses the resources that he provides to us. This is because he is the source of resources that he gives to us.

Even though we may know this, there are times we don't act like we believe this. There are seasons we all go through where the resources we need are more scarce. And because they are more scarce, we develop a scarcity mentality. When this happens, we behave differently than we do when we have plenty. Our anxiety goes up. Spending patterns adjust. Our temperament might change. We may even develop greedy tendencies.  And to some degree, management might be needed, but when the limits of our resources are tested, we might find that our understanding of God's provision changes. And it is tempting to view God differently in times of scarcity than we do in times of plenty.

But Paul knew that scarcity of resources would test the soul of those in need. He knew this because he too was tried in this way and learned a valuable lesson through it. Here is what he says to another church in Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:11-13.

So today, remember that whether you are in a time of plenty or hunger. Or a time of abundance or need. The only thing you really need is God himself. His resources are his to give and take. But regardless of what you have and don't have, there is really only one thing you need, and that's not just the gifts he gives — but the Giver himself.

So tell God today, thank you. But not for the things you have but for the person he is.

ASK THIS: What is something about God you need to thank him for? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: Tell God "thank you" in the most meaningful way.

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for __________________________

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26 thoughts on “Riches From A Generous Giver

  1. Peter says:

    Thank you God for being love. Thank you that you couldn’t love me more. You are my everything and I raise up a Hallelujah!

  2. Samuel says:

    Lord, thank you for my limited knowledge of you, being in my like and giving me life and your abundant blessings and gifts.

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    God, Thank You for my wonderful, God-honoring, loving wife and my kids that are created in Your image and for trusting me to care for them as You want me to. Amen.

  4. Dennis says:

    God, thank You for answered prayers. Prayers for healing for my wife’s nephew and also answered prayers for our daily bread.

  5. timothy.sorensen says:

    Thank you Lord for changing me and my views. My trust in you and your grace covers me fully and completely. Your love is more than I need.

  6. Ruben T Garcia Sr says:

    God Thank you for always blessing me even at times I am rebellious to your word. Thank for showing me the way each time. Thank you LORD…

  7. Tom says:

    Lord – you bless me tremendously with your love, mercy, and grace. I am undeserving and need your forgiveness often. Thank you for my loving wife, my family, my church community, the men who hold me accountable, and my work. Father continue to perform your work in me.

  8. Chris says:

    God thank you that I can always trust you no matter how bad things seem or get. Thank you for being my salvation from all of it

  9. CJB says:

    Thank you Lord for providing me the willingness to change and the story of redemption you are writing on my heart.

  10. Eric says:

    Thank you Got for all you have blessed me with. I am so undeserving, yet You love me unconditionally. Thank you! Amen.

  11. Brian L. says:

    A huge shout-out to The Big Man Upstairs for blessing me with the gift of contentment, insisting on taking over my worries, providing my family with employment opportunities, giving me the drive to provide in times of leanness, and the allocation of resources to teach me more. Thank you God for having my back 24/7, and for your greatest gift of all time, Your Son,
    Jesus Christ, My Savior and salvation. Amen to that.

  12. Rich says:

    I thank yo God that you never change. You are the same God that I read of in the bible that you are today.

  13. Trent says:

    Thank you God for giving me what I need and not what I think I need and ask for. May your spirit so fill me that my thoughts align more with your plan.

  14. Walter says:

    Thank you, God, for always being there for me in my times of need. For the times when there was only one set of footprints………

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