One of the biggest roadblocks to experiencing God’s blessings in our lives is our lack of generosity, which is so often the fruit of our fear.
We’re afraid of letting go of what we have and trusting that God will supernaturally provide something we don’t yet have in return. There’s a feeling of safety in having something presently in our possession.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV
He instructs them to give. On what basis? First, God loves a cheerful giver. And second, God is able to bless you abundantly. I especially love the end of verse eight. If there were any doubt about what God is able to do, Paul says, “in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
The truth is, generosity is the only way we’ll ever know by experience that God can and does provide. Only in letting go of what I have am I put in the position of trusting God to take care of my needs. And when I see God take care of my needs, I lean into trusting him more.
Giving requires trust. God’s faithfulness then builds my faith. With a stronger faith, I become even more generous. As I continue to watch God provide, I overflow with gratitude.
And here’s one of the most powerful formulas you’ll ever learn: Generosity + Gratitude = Joy.
It’s in letting go that we are able to receive, and it’s in receiving that we learn to trust.
Is there anything you need to let go of today?