The Challenge of Giving Cheerfully — God’s Gifts

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.
For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

LORD Jesus, we humbly come before You now to ask for Your Strength for the week that is ahead of us. Guide us in Your Word, we pray. Keep us close to Yourself, and protect our hearts and minds against destructive thoughts, covetousness, and bitterness. Enable us to focus on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Fasten your seatbelts, please! This is going to be a challenging week. Today’s post will start off with our first challenge: Acknowledging that what we “own” comes from God, and the importance of cheerfully giving back to Him.

God gives and is in control of each life. If it wouldn’t be for Him we would not exist. The first man, Adam, became a living soul because God breathed the breath of life into him. As of today, children are still a heritage from the LORD (Psalm 127:3). How much and which parts of our lives are we willing to give to Him?

Matthew Henry comments:

Life is God’s gift, and he has appointed us the number of the days of our life (Job 14:5); let us therefore spend those days in serving the Lord our God with joyfulness and gladness of heart.

God gives to us our food and drink, our riches and wealth. It is also due to Him that we are able to eat, drink, and enjoy our riches and wealth. How much and which parts of our food, drink, riches and wealth are we willing to give up for Him?

Matthew Henry calls us to observe:

What it is that is here recommended to us, not to indulge the appetites of the flesh, or to take up with present pleasures or profits for our portion, but soberly and moderately to make use of what Providence has allotted for our comfortable passage through this world.

Yes, we enjoy finding ourselves on the comfortable path of not having to worry about tomorrow’s food and drink, don’t we? Greater yet is the blessing, though, that comes to us by sharing what we have with the ones who are in need. We honor God, who so graciously provides for us, by giving back to Him.

Praise God for your life and for everything He provides for you today.

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