Every few years, I find myself challenged to think about my giving. I struggle opening up my hands once again, and trusting for Him to provide. This might be through some big bill that we receive, or something breaking. Sometimes it’s because I feel called to give to someone or some organization. I find myself struggling to have the desire to give, though I know it’s teaching me and growing me in my faith.
When I was in grad school, money was really tight. Every month, I would stress and pray, and at the end of the month, God always provided. After I graduated, I find myself in the depth of the economic dip, and again, had to be reminded that God always provides for our needs. Sometimes he did this through a contract job I wasn’t expecting, a call from a family friend to house sit, or even through the mail with random checks or money for a holiday. I look back at that season, and almost miss it some days. I was so reliant on Jesus. I knew that He would provide, and He was the only way I would make ends meet.
Enter almost 10 years later – God has been so so faithful to us, and providing things and money and people when we’ve needed it. However, when those big bills come, or I’m asked to do more than I have time for, I tend to look inside myself to figure it out, versus just trusting and relying on Him.
We are told in Philippians 4:14-17 that again we have to trust, but also God uses each of us in His provision for everyone. Paul writes in his thank you to the Church in Philippi:
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
When we give, we are playing a role in His provision. When we give, we are stretching our faith muscles. We have to rely and trust in Him regardless if we are in plenty or in want.
Today, how can you stretch your faith muscles? Where might God be wanting to grow your faith in Him? Remember, it may not be just finances; it may be your time and other resources.