Parents feel this way many times. I remember when Judy and I had our children all home we would work hard helping our children make right decisions. We talked, counseled, disciplined … repeat. And it seems it went in one ear and out the other too many times.
We all feel frustrated with life at times. We try to do the right things but the bad things continue to happen. What can we do?
I don’t have all the answers, but one thing that has helped me is just keep doing good, even when it doesn’t seem to work, and eventually good comes around. It sometimes takes way too long, but you never regret doing right.
Now that my children are parents themselves I’m amused at their frustration at their own children. I have to remind them that they were like that at one time and they turned out pretty good. I am so glad we didn’t give up and continued helping them make right choices. Blessings come from doing the right thing for a long time.
It’s like a farmer. He plants his crops in the Spring and eventually, if the weather cooperates, he has a big harvest a few months later. But if you don’t plant you will never harvest. You must do good if you want good to come back to you.
Giving is a way of life for the Christian who understands the grace of God. The world simply does not understand a statement like Proverbs 11:24: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that witholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” In grace giving, our motive is not to get something, but receiving God’s blessing is one of the fringe benefits.
I discovered 3 principles of the blessing of giving in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
This is an agricultural truth. The more seed that is sown the more potential harvest. In God’s plan, the more we invest in the work of the Lord, the more ‘fruit’ will abound to our account (Phil. 4:10-20)..
Paul shares two other laws that do not have a parallel in agriculture but are true in our spiritual life. It is vital to know these laws if we are to receive a blessing for our giving.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Motive makes absolutely no difference to the farmer. If he sows good seed and has good weather, he will reap a harvest whether he is working for profit, pleasure, or pride. But not so with the Christian. Motive in giving (or in any other activity) is vitally important. Our giving must come from the heart, and the motive in the heart must please God.
We must not be sad givers who give grudgingly or mad givers who give because we have to, but we should be glad givers who cheerful give what we have beaus we have experienced the grace of God. If we cannot give joyfully, then we must open our hearts to the Lord and ask Him to grant us His grace. God loves a cheerful giver because He is a cheerful giver (v. 15). Giving should be fun! (The Greek word for “cheerful” is hilaros and gives us our English word ‘hilarious’)
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:8-11)
We can give liberally, without worry, because God can make His grace abound to us so we will always have enough (9:8). Never forget: We can never out-give God. He will never appear to us one day and say, “Well, child, you’ve tapped Me dry. There’s no more left.” As regularly as you dispense your resources in generous giving, God can replenish them and refresh you with divine grace. This principle of God’s liberal provision creates confidence in the giver.
Paul focused on God’s ability, not his guarantee. God is able, but he is free to choose whom, how, when, and to what degree he will bless. The farmer must wait for the harvest. God can give a harvest immediately if He chooses.
Verse 8 is saying that God is able to give you anything you need, to do anything you want to do for Him, at any time you want to do it. But the trouble with that promise is that it is conditional. It is conditioned upon a Christian giving bountifully and cheerfully.
We share God’s miracle of multiplication of what we give and do. Giving is sowing. God not only will supply the seed, He will also multiply it
We are blessed and bless others. Giving generously to those in need causes two good things to happen. First, through those gifts given to those who need them, God meets their needs. Second, the recipients of these generous gifts will break out in thanksgiving to God, joyfully expressing it. So, in Pau’s eyes, giving is not a strategy for financial growth but another way to bring praise and honor to God, who supplies everyone’s needs. Paul was careful to point out that grace giving does not bring credit to us; it brings thanksgiving and glory to God. We are channels through whom God works to meet the needs of others.
In addition, God blesses us so that we may give even more bountifully. The whole point is that you should cause somebody to praise God, and giving to meet someone else’s need does that.
There are two seas, each fed by the same source. One is characterized by life, the other has nothing but barrenness and death. What is the difference in the two? One is the Sea of Galilee. What it receives it passes on. It takes in; it gives out. All around it is life, fruit, and abundance. The other sea hoards its resources and refuses to let out a single drop. It keeps everything it takes in. Its name is the Dead Sea.
No man was ever the loser because he was generous. He will be rich in love, rich in friends, rich in help, and rich toward God.