Give Hope

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Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.  If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11: 1-3, 5

Encourage one another… 1 Thess 5:11

Cast your bread…give a portion…empty yourself…fall freely.

In all these recommendations to the people and elements of the earth God says, Give. It’s good advice! When we give, we become those agents of love and nurture that God meant for us to be. In the garden, God gave Adam and Eve life, hoping they would give Him friendship and the honor that is due a life giver.

In Egypt, where life was hard and hard labor plentiful, God gave Moses.

He gave promises.

He gave a plan.

He gave treasure.

He gave sweet relief.

He gave freedom.

Today, God keeps giving.

He gives life, and hope, and grace, and forgiveness. Why then should we keep these things to ourselves, hide them in our bosom and refuse to share them with others. Oh, Christian, it should not be.

Today, think of those things that you can freely give. Things that will come back to you when you cast them into God’s world:

Things like affirmation, appreciation, and assurance.

Things like love, guidance, forgiveness, and repentance.

Things like joy, hope, and laughter.

Give mercy and nurture generosity and gentleness. And don’t forget to give God glory, and honor by talking about Him in celebratory ways to your friends and family–always, always, always pointing them back to Jesus as Savior and Guide.

Give all that you can to all that you can, so that in all ways they will be better able to see Jesus in You!

The greatest gift we give to the world is Jesus. Hallelujah, what a Savior!!!

What can you freely give to the world today? When has someone giving freely to you made all the difference in how you viewed God?

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2 thoughts on “Give Hope

  1. J Bird says:

    I often feel more like a taker than a giver especially when I get so wrapped up in my own little struggles. But the quickest way I have found to come out of my self-pity and complaining is to begin to pray for someone else who’s difficulties loom so much greater than mine (and there not hard to find). As I pray I begin to think “What can I do to help? How could I encourage that person or persons? It doesn’t solve my own difficulties but sure gets my mind off them and I am always lifted up in my own spirit when I can lift up someone else in some way. Prayer really is the answer no matter what the struggle is.We really are better together! Thanks Lori

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