Act II: Eager Devotional for January 29, 2016

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2 Corinthians 9.11-12
11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem* will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
Devotional Thought:
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.”  Will be.  In every way.  Always.  This one verse is chalk full of promises from God for you and me.  When operating within God’s will and for God’s glory, we are assured sufficient resources in order for them to be given away.  When operating within God’s will and for God’s glory we are assured that every time.
We read this and may be thinking about the number of times we have heard televangelists asking viewers to “sow a seed” in order to “reap a harvest.”  And we have heard the heartbreaking stories of the person who sends in their last $20 or $200 or $2,000 to one of these “ministries” only to find out that they have bought private planes and gold trimmed bathroom furnishings with the funds.  But let’s be clear…a bad actor or two or more does not negate God’s promises even though they may misuse God’s provision.  But what it does have the potential to do is to negate our enthusiasm.  These bad narratives can even heighten our critical spirit about giving.
My hope is that you and I will see God’s promises as worthy of our faith even when those who promote them are not.  God created a system of caring that depends on one person giving to another.  Some times that is our presence, other times talents, and even some times it is our resources.  When we allow God’s promises to be crowded out by fallen people we short-circuit the very system God created to care for all persons in every place.
Lord, grow our faith in you.  Help our disbelief become belief.  Not through our goodness but yours do we live and breathe and have hope.  Therefore we place our trust in you.  Fill us and use us for your will and glory.  Amen.
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