Sacrificial Generosity

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Living in the “Delightful Land” of Trusting God

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” — James 1:17
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘how are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse — your whole nation — because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, says the Lord Almighty. Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land, says the Lord Almighty.” — Malachi 3:8-12
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” — Luke 6:38 (NLT)

Practicing the rhythm of Sacrificial Generosity provides opportunities for us to see how God can come through in our lives. That He truly is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Because whenever we’re generous, God promises to provide what we need and sometimes He does that in extravagant ways. And whenever we experience God’s gracious generosity, it can motivate us to give more generously and more cheerfully. 

But there are times when we can live with a scarcity mindset and hold back in our generosity. We become doubtful that God will actually provide like He’s promised. That’s what happened in Malachi chapter 3. The Israelites weren’t giving their resources to God out of fear that if they did, they wouldn’t have enough money. So God challenged them to test Him by tithing. He simply said, “test me and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” The visual imagery of God’s promise is staggering. He’s talking about blessings that belong in the way over the top category. 

And then, did you notice that last phrase, “for yours will be a delightful land”? Trusting in God, knowing that He is ultimately responsible for our security and provision, is absolutely delightful. It enables us to be generous with our resources. So, if you’re ready to live in a delightful land, let’s trust Him and be generous. 

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. Meditate on Philippians 4:19 — “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” 
  2. As you meditate on the verse, what do you sense God might be saying to you? 
  3. How has He met your needs in the past? 
  4. How does His faithfulness in the past give you confidence to trust Him for your future and to become more generous in your giving?  

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Malachi 3:8-12
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