They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. – Matthew 2:11-12
Mary and Joseph led a humble existence, and as a young family, may have had times of impoverishment. Yet in those times, God provided – sometimes extravagantly. This scripture reminds us that the Magi, kings that came to worship the Christ Child, did not arrive on the night of His birth, but just at the right time, when their gifts were needed most.
We all experience seasons of famine and of abundance. If God is indeed with us, then we are expected to bless others when we are given much. Have faith that God will provide!
Take a leap of faith today. Give sacrificially, whatever that means to you. Whether you bless your church, a nonprofit charity cause, or a single person in need – give more than you think you can afford and a blessing will come back to you.
Here is an example from my own life. I was in my last year of college, and as usual, had very little money in my purse. I needed a $10 book for class (I guess that dates me), but I literally only had $5. As I sat in church and was presented with a need from the pulpit, I felt the call to put that precious $5 bill into the collection plate. I did, determining that I would just have to try to borrow the book from a classmate when they were done with it.
The very next day, I opened my mailbox and found a letter from a local bank. This was the one to which I had made a single deposit at the beginning of my freshman year, to hold my second semester tuition until it came due. I had forgotten all about it, thinking I had closed the account years ago. Inside the envelope was a check for $12. The letter explained that the account was now closed and they were sending me the interest that had accumulated on the few dollars that had been left after paying my tuition. This was more than enough for me to buy the needed book, including tax. God rewards obedience.
Sue Breland, Worship For One: Advent Emmanuel ©