September 24, 2016
Extend Your Blessings
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. – 1 Chronicles 16:29
There is an old expression that says, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” I heard this many times in my youth—if we children were asking for the unreasonable, Mother was quick to remind us about the source of money, and that it was not growing on trees!
Actually, in our home, the source was often from Above. I grew up during the Great Depression, when times were hard and money was scarce. One day, someone stole the morning’s milk off our front porch. My sister was just a baby, and the milk was needed for her. That day, my father went to work at the sawmill, where his job was to pull slab wood off the conveyor chain that went up to the scrap burner. As he was pulling the slab wood, he spotted a ten-cent piece, and with that dime he was able to buy the necessary milk for my sister.
Where the dime that my father found came from, we do not know, but God knows, and we give Him the credit. Over the years, God graciously provided for us many times, even blessing us so that our material needs were more than met.
While money is not everything, it is still our medium of exchange, and at times we have opportunities to “give back” some of the material blessings God has given us. For example, years ago my wife became very ill, but the Lord stepped in and helped us through our crisis. We were so thankful for His goodness to us! Not long after that, there was a call for help to support a youth camp in Romania, and we saw it as an opportunity to give something back to God—a token of our appreciation for His goodness. We knew we had been blessed, and we wanted someone else to feel blessed too.
We can never do enough to repay God for all that He has given to us, but it is not a bad idea to try. In this way, we can be used by God as He fulfills His promise to supply His children’s needs. A minister once told his congregation, “If God blesses you or answers a prayer, put some shoes on a poor child’s feet, or help to feed them!” That is very good advice!
Father in Heaven, Thank You for taking such good care of me. May I always be quick to respond when You want me to be a channel through which You can bless others. Amen.