And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
We believe (or are supposed to believe) that God will provide for our needs. But he has, hasn't he? He's given us the ways and means and talents and abilities to earn an income and purchase what we need, or make or grow it. So because He has provided for us in that way, why should we give from what little we have and then expect Him to provide more because we've given away what He provided for us in the first place? (I'm not saying I feel that way, I'm just saying that is one perspective.)
I admit that there are times where I have not given because I felt that we just couldn't spare it. I know that in comparison to a large part of the world's population we are wealthy, but when the bills come each month and there is barely enough to go around because some of your "wealth" you're still paying for (with interest!), it doesn't feel like you can spare it.
So here's what I think. It's something I suck at; I'll admit that right now. I really, really suck at remembering that it all belongs to Him anyway, and I need to use my financial means and possessions for His glory. I am REALLY bad at it. But I do know that in the past, when I have given faithfully, we have always had enough. Not a lot, but enough. It always seems when I hold back because of some expense that is coming up, there just seems to be less somehow. I can't explain it, and yet it seems to be so. And this past year I have been giving less because I told myself I needed to pay off our debt more quickly, and yet the debt doesn't seem to be disappearing any more quickly and in the last two months our income has been DRAMATICALLY reduced, so that will make giving AND repaying the debt even more challenging. So perhaps I need to keep in mind the old "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much." (Luke 16:10)
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 21:5-7.