2 Kings 4:42 What Do You Have?

A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said. 2 Kings 4:42

People who have very little struggle with knowing how to provide what is needed for themselves or for others under their care. All that they can see is what little they have and how much they need. Often, they will turn to others for handouts to gather up enough for what is needed.

A man had brought Elisha twenty loaves of bread and was told by Elisha to give it to a hundred men to eat. They ate and had some left over.

Very few people will be completely responsible for feeding a hundred other people with their own supplies. However, many are responsible for feeding themselves and their family.

Families will go through times of financial struggles in which they have very little money or supplies to provide for their own basic needs. It is common for people in great need to run to the government or other people for assistance. Rarely do people turn first to God to see how He wants to supply their needs.

Supplying needs begins with using what a person has. God has a way of taking a little tiny bit that a person has and multiplying it greatly or making it last longer than normal.

Doing something like this takes first a seeking God’s direction in what to do. Then it takes stepping out in faith and trusting God to meet the need with the little that one has. He may bring it in from others, or He may multiple what one has. Either way provision is met through trust in God and doing it God’s way.

There will be times in your life when you will need to supply something greater than what you have to help those under your care. This can occur in your home, your workplace or your community.

Begin by using what you have and trusting God to meet the need. Seek God as to how to use what you have. There is nothing that is too little for God to use to meet any need no matter how large the need is. God can work miracles of provision as you step out in faith obeying His word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will see God provide abundantly what is needed; that you will use what you have to God’s glory; and that you will trust God with what you have.

Deuteronomy 15:10 Give Generously

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10

Regardless of where one goes in the world there are always some poor and needy people nearby. Most often people walk right past a poor person in need of something, refusing to help even though they have the ability to do so.

It is expected that family, the government or someone else will help the person out.

Moses pointed out that there will always be poor people but urged the Israelites to give generously and with a grateful heart to anyone who has a need. In doing so God would bless the giver and all that he does.

Greed and fear of not having enough for self often prevents most people from being willing to give to the needs of others. Others refuse to give because they feel that the poor person made bad decisions and is suffering the consequences of those decisions.

Any believer that chooses not to give to someone in need when he has the ability to has forgotten what God has given him. Before becoming saved by Jesus, every person is needy and poor, lost in sin and death and needing forgiveness and life. Jesus gave His life so that the believer could live.

In the same way that Jesus gave His life believers need to be willing to give some of what they have, their life, to the needs of others. God does not give any believer anything just to horde it, but to use it to help others and build His kingdom.

Giving needs to be done with a generous and grateful heart just as Jesus gave His life. As one does this, God will bless him with more to be able to give more.

You most likely know of some people who are in need of something. Although you may not be able to provide everything that a person may need, you have the ability to provide something. Do not keep your hand tightly closed, gripping on to what you have, but be generous and help meet the needs of others.

Trust God to meet your needs as you work to meet the needs of others. He will provide abundantly above your needs as you give generously to others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the needs of others; that you will give generously to those God puts in your path; and that you will see God’s amazing provision in your life as you give.

2 Corinthians 9:2 How Eager Are You To Help Others?

For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 2 Corinthians 9:2

There are some people who are eager to help others out. They find a great joy when they are able to provide something someone else needs.

People will often notice those who are generous givers, some because they want something, others because they see the good being done. Seeing a great giver will also often encourage others to give in the same way.

As Paul continues to talk about giving, he commends the Corinthians for their great enthusiasm and readiness to help others out.

Giving is something that God started by giving mankind the earth and everything in it. Later He gives His Son, Jesus, to take away sins and to give eternal life. In both of these things, God is helping out mankind in areas of need.

The process of helping others out is God’s way of providing abundantly for everyone for everything that one needs. Every type of help is a type of giving. It can be giving of time, energy, effort, or of things, such as money, clothing, food, or anything else.

Most people are not eager to help others out, unless it is to their advantage. They want to hoard everything that they have, time, energy, money, thing, just in case they might need them.

The believer who realizes how God has helped him and what God has, will be quick and eager to help others out any time he sees and need, and has the ability to help. He will know and understand that God will provide for his own needs as he helps someone else out.

Over your life, how many times has someone else helped you out? How many times has God helped you out?

Instead of hoarding what God has given you, be eager to pass it on to help someone else out. As you help others out, God will in turn put others in your path to help you out.

Trust that God will provide abundantly for all that you need as you eagerly give of all that you have. As you eagerly help others, it will also stir others to the action of helping others out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God has already helped you; that God will strengthen you to help others in their times of need; and that you will trust God to provide for all that you need as you give to others.

2 Corinthians 8:2 Rich Generosity

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2

Giving is something that some people like to do, but most are not great at doing it. The type of giving most people do, is giving when they have an abundance or giving what they no longer need.

During spring cleaning, it is common to see many people suddenly donate many things to various organizations. Most of what is donated are things that they no longer want. Others will give a little more, but only to look good.

Paul commended the Macedonian church because of their extreme giving. At a time that they were under severe persecution and extreme poverty, they generously gave to those in need.

Giving generously is something that many people struggle with, because they are trying to survive with what little that they have. There is a feeling that if they give up what little they have to someone else, they will fall short of their own needs.

Believers who act in this way have forgotten what Jesus gave to them. Jesus left all of the riches of heaven to live here on the earth. Then in His poverty, He gave His life for each and every person to have eternal life.

God has already provided for the greatest need that a person could ever possibly have, to be forgiven and given life. Since God has already given that much, He will be willing to give anything else that is needed.

The believer must be willing to trust God to meet all of his needs as he works to give generously in order to meet the needs of others. As he finds joy in rich generosity, God will pour back into him as needed.

Most likely you know someone who is in need of something that you could provide for. Instead of hoarding what you have to survive on it, be willing to give it away with a generous, loving heart.

As you provide for the needs of others, God will in turn touch the hearts of others to provide abundantly for your needs. Give in the same way that Jesus gave to you. Be willing to give anything and everything to those in need with great joy so that God will be able to return that blessing to you in your time of need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has already given you; that you will find joy in giving as God has given you; and that God will open your eyes to the needs of others that you can meet.

Revelation 7:15 How Often Are You Serving God?

Therefore, “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15

Servants can be found nearly every place in every nation around the world. Often people are paid to be a servant for another person.

Each servant may be expected to meet a different set of needs. The common factor in all servants is to meet the needs of the person or group that one is serving.

John quotes from Isaiah 49:10 about the people who have died in the Lord and are now are dressed in white robes around the throne. They are serving God day and night, while God shelters them with His presence. This is looking into the future of a time in heaven.

Most people do not like the idea of being a servant, yet many are servants to someone. When working a job, the person is a servant to the boss, working to meet the needs of the boss or company or the customer.

Even though many people serve someone, very few serve someone around the clock, day and night. There is a time that they check in to begin serving and then later check out to leave. It is a temporary service.

At the point a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he becomes a servant to God. Very often people are willing to serve God on Sunday’s in church and when convenient. Rarely is someone willing to serve God around the clock.

Life on this earth is the training ground to being a servant to God in heaven for eternity. Every believer needs to be ready and willing to meet any need God has of him, at any time God needs it. As the believer serves God, He will shelter him with His everlasting presence.

As a believer, you are God’s servant, there to meet every need He has of you without question or hesitation. God has some work of service for you to do. It may be in the morning, at noon or at night.

The important thing is to always be ready to do what God is calling on you to do. Instead of waiting until you are in heaven, begin serving God day and night here on this earth. Do the service Jesus began 2,000 years ago and continue until He returns or calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will serve God with all of your abilities; and that you will know His presence and shelter in your life.