Generosity Part 2
Most of the promises of God relate to generosity. God is generous and He wants us to be like Him; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). The Holy Spirit will always lead us in the nature and the character of God.
However, people are not naturally inclined to give, and we always want to hold onto what is ours. When God instructs us to give it is not because He is in need of our giving, but rather it is us, our character, that is in need of being changed by our giving.
First Kings tells the story of Elijah and the widow (1 Kings 17:8-16). There was a famine in the land, and the widow only had a handful of flour and a little oil in a jug. Elijah instructed her to give it to him first, and then to make for herself and her son something to eat. His instruction was followed with a promise from God that “the jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty until the Lord sends the rain” (1 Kings 17:14). The widow had to give before she had access to the promise. This required faith. When we put our trust in God, we will never be disgraced (Romans 10:11).
God’s promises will never rely on stinginess. We’re instructed to give, and to give generously and freely. The Word tells us that when we give, it will be given back to us; “good measure, pressed down, shaken together [and] running over” (Luke 6:38).