In our morning devotions, Don and I read II Cor. 9: 6-15 today. These verses express that God loves a cheerful giver.
“Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”II Corinthians 9:6
I confess that I often think of my needs, my desires, first. And yet, when I do give generously, there is real joy in knowing that what God has given me is going beyond me to the service of others, and of the Kingdom of God.
As I read the passage, Don held our little Paigey in his lap. Her chin rested on Don’s elbow. Her big brown eyes watched me intently. Her forelegs hung loose over Don’s hip. Totally relaxed. No effort whatever.
What a picture of trust, of security, in the arms of her “daddy”.
And isn’t that just what God desires from us, whether in giving, trusting He will also supply our needs; or in walking through the ups and downs of life. He is in control. He loves me unconditionally. He is trustworthy.
Hebrews 10:23 challenges us to “ … hold resolutely to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
Why then is it sometimes so hard to trust, to let all the air out of my proverbial tires and rest in Him as Paige did with Don? Is it because our culture has taught us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, to make our own way, to be independent? Or is it inherent in our natures to want to succeed (or fail) on our own?
I want to remember the beautiful picture Paigey gave me this morning. I want to rest in my Father’s arms, trusting His love and faithfulness in all the circumstances of my life.
Is it hard for you to trust this way? What helps you relax in Abba’s (Daddy’s) arms, rest in His heart?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV