Share from what you have now, for God loves a cheerful giver

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Share from what you have now, because willful sharing brings sustainable sufficiency. Representational image in which the ravens bring bread and meat for Elijah.

Share from what you have now, because willful sharing brings sustainable sufficiency. Give as you purposes in your heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have abundance for every good work.

The spirit of excellence and competitions are the benchmark of today’s achievement. The race to gain more of wealth and reputation is on the rise. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and pride of life is the driving force now-a-days.

As time and opportunities never wait for us, we all have to strive to excel and fulfil our esteemed dreams. But luxury, personal comforts and selfishness overpower charity and social responsibilities.

Economists, industrialists and strategists plan their budgets looking to the desired end in mind. Stringent management of resources even deprives the privileges of subordinates and employees. Many people scream for their survival. There was a time when people and corporates spare a share for the benefit of environment and the less privileged.

But the living word of God – The Bible – emphasis an incident where willful sharing brought sustainable sufficiency to them.

Providence through ravens

At the time of King Ahab, Elijah, the great prophet proclaimed that there would not be rain for these years. Accordingly, the heaven was shut up for three years and six months. Thus there was a great famine throughout all the lands.

In obedience to the word of God, Elijah went and stayed by the Brook of Cherith. The ravens brought him bread and meat every morning and in the evening, and he drank from the brook. After a while, the brook also dried up, because there had been no dew or rain in the land.

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah saying “Arise, go to Zarephath and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” Thus he went to Zarephath.

And when Elijah reached to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was gathering some sticks. Elijah called her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup. When she was going to get it, he said, bring a morsel of bread also in your hand.”  

Share from the little you have

So, she expressed her painful concern and said “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread. I have only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar. See, I am gathering these sticks so that I may prepare a meal for myself and my son. We both may eat it and die.”

By knowing her emotional status, Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go and do as you said. But make me a small cake from it first and bring it to me. And afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, the bin of flour shall not be used up. Nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”

The widow truly trusted the words of Elijah and prepared the cake and brought it to him. Then she and her son ate and drank for many days without any shortage. (1 Kings, Chapter 17)

The Bible teaches us that even if we are walking with the Lord like Elijah, trials and temptations may come. Famine, disasters and journey through the valley of death may try to devastate our ambitions. Stress, loneliness and spirit of suicide may try to overpower our life, but relax, just trust in the Lord. God will do miracle in our life which will sustain us victoriously.

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