At breakfast, my father-in-law was joyfully sharing with me about his very first missions trip, over fifty years ago. He has been working wholeheartedly in ministry ever since, and been instrumental in seeing over 800 churches planted in the Amazon Jungle. He is an amazing man. He smiled as he came to the end of describing his two-month journey preaching the gospel in many villages of the Andes.
He concluded, “At the end of the trip, I opened up my little suitcase. I expected my money to be almost gone. I had covered my own expenses throughout my travels. I pulled out the envelope where I had stored the last of my funds. To my surprise, I had more money than I had begun the entire trip with! I was shocked. I exclaimed, ‘This is not my money!’ I found a church that had begun construction for its building. I handed the pastor the entire sum.
“I learned, early on in this lifestyle of living by faith, that God will always provide for my needs. All of these years, He has always, always come through for me.”
A few hours later, I was sitting with my mother-in-law at lunchtime. She smiled and confided, “I haven’t traveled anywhere for a good while now. I found myself itching to do so. I expressed to the Father, ‘I want to go somewhere outside the country!” Right after that, my good friend called me. ‘The Lord has put it on my heart to take you on a trip to Paraguay,’ she said. I grinned! My Father heard my petition in secret, and I already had my answer!”
The two of them are giants in the faith. I have learned more than I can describe from their example. They know firsthand the truth of this Scripture: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19, NIV). They have “tested” God in the only way He invites us to (Mal. 3:10). They have found Him to be a good, kind, faithful Abba Father, ever true to His promise to provide.
Do you notice something about our Scripture for today, though? He promises to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. But the preceding verse gives us a key that ties into the promise: “…The gifts you sent… are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Phil. 4:18, NIV). Generosity towards the Lord is that key.
When we get a revelation about how faithful and good and generous our Daddy is, our spontaneous response will be to imitate Him. Looking unto Him, we will adopt a heart posture and lifestyle of extreme generosity. That expression of His generosity through our lives pleases His heart greatly. He can’t help Himself, and pours out even more blessings on us! As we live this way, we connect into the economy of heaven, to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. That, my friend, is where we live constantly in the promise of our God meeting all of our needs.
Do you remember a time that you stepped out in faith with your finances, giving generously to God’s Kingdom, and found Him surprising you with supernatural provision?