Reaping With Joy

“If we selfishly hang onto our resources we will indeed, lose them. What we surrender to God, he multiplies back to us, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”

Psalm 126:5
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

Two quotes from my collection of quotes for you today: “I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into God’s hands I still possess,” Martin Luther. And “If you give what you do not need, it isn’t giving,” Mother Teresa.

My wife and I visited Israel a few years back. Near the end of our time there we visited a farm near the Dead Sea in the Negev desert. Water is a treasured commodity in this part of the world. Our guide said, “This part of Israel is very arid. Every year we sow our crops in the hope of reaping a harvest. If it doesn’t rain, we are fortunate today to have irrigation. In ancient times they had no irrigation. They would sow very valuable seed, which could feed their families for months, into the dry earth. It was hard to throw away good food. So, they would sow in tears and hope to reap with shouts of joy. God was always faithful.”

Sometimes I feel a little like that when I give my well-earned cash toward God’s work or to a needy cause. It’s hard to give away good money when you know you have needs of your own. Yet, as Christian believers, when we give, we give to God. God does not need our money but money is needed for God’s work. I love what Martin Luther said about giving. If we selfishly hang onto our resources we will indeed, lose them. What we surrender to God, he multiplies back to us, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

God-tracking is sowing in tears to reap with joy

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Luke 6:38
Malachi 3:10
Philippians 4:10-19
2 Corinthians 9:6-11

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PRAY

Thank you, dear Father, for your faithfulness to me. Help me be faithful in my giving.

“Dear Lord, I praise you that YOU are my source of living. You have always met my needs in life. I trust you to continue meeting my needs according to your riches in glory. Today, I want to make a firm recommitment to sow into your kingdom. I don’t have much to give but I know that if a give cheerfully with a pure heart you will reward my giving. You who promised, are faithful. Thank you, dear Father, for your faithfulness to me. Help me be faithful in my giving. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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