“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. Isaiah 40:1
Comfort is one of the benefits we gain from knowing Christ. Simply realizing that there is a power beyond ourselves who listens to our pleas, hears our cries for help, and sends relief our way is unbelievably comforting. We all face times when our faith and our strength are pressed to the max; times when we think to ourselves, “I can’t give any more. I’m completely depleted and in need of help myself.” And so we are. Yet, it is in these times that the God of all Comfort and the Father of Compassion written about in the epistle to the church at Corinth replenishes our souls. (2 Cor 1:3) He works best through our weakness.
Why does God choose to refill us with hope and power again and again, and yet again? I think it is because long before we breathed our first breath of earth air, he had a plan for us to minister to the lost and discouraged of this world. He gives, and he commands us to give. Comfort, kindness, generosity, courage, love, peace, hope…they all flow from His hands.
Today, be assured that there is someone out there that needs what you have. Obey and give it to them. Don’t worry that you will be overlooked in the process–you can’t out give God. Nor can you escape his blessing on your life. The unexplainable and universal principle that He has set in place for all of us is this: What you sow, you will also reap. In other words, as you give, it shall be given you. In God’s economy that means, “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” Luke 6:38
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
We were born to be givers. Just as Almighty God did not hold back even his only begotten son, but gave him up for us all, so shall we mimic His love and His sacrifice.
Give all you can and then, a little more.