This morning, I was challenged by 2 Cor 9:1-15. It talks about giving freely to those in need, and trusting God to take care of me. Our culture is so geared towards taking care of self, and giving from our excess; some of our excess. This is counter-cultural to Jesus’ teachings. He said to give, and you will receive. He said to trust in him. Our culture is to trust in ourselves. I know for me, I see through worldly yes, and what I have accumulated is something that I have done for myself. No. God gave me the gifts, and opened the doors, and he is responsible for all that I am (except sin). He is the provider, even if I feel like I have done it all on my own. He is the Lord, not me.
I think that is a problem with our modern American culture. We have created an economy that, for the most part, allows us to be our own savior; our own provider; our own security. I think, to some extent, that back in the days when famine, war, and the like kept people in need, it was easier to trust in God. Then, that assumes one trusted God, and did not resent him for allowing bad things to happen. Maybe it is an even trade-off between which culture was better able to appreciate God, and to trust in him.
Back to the present age: 2 Cor talks about giving, and that God will multiply what you have. I have seen this in action. I have given generously, and seen that my bank account was not as impacted as it should have been. Miraculous things happen when we follow the Gospel, and provide for those less fortunate.
Therefore, I challenge everyone reading this to try giving a little more than you normally would, and to ask God to open your eyes to his generosity to you. In so doing, I pray that we become a society that is more generous, more aware of his tender care for us, and more willing to be counter-cultural.
May God prove his benevolence to us today!