Grape vines don’t groan while producing grapes; and giving is fruit that comes naturally from a healthy vine rooted in good soil. If you don’t enjoy giving, move to a more natural vineyard. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” Are you brilliant, talented, wealthy, consistent, flexible, or strong? The question is what can you share cheerfully at God’s direction? Are you weak, slow, ignorant, and poor? – Let God show his strength by working through you. What are your attributes? You have much, seek where God will use you much, that it may be well with you. Biblical giving to more about stewardship then anything else, it is relazing that all we have is God’s
George Muller is a great study in prayer and faith when it comes to giving. He followed God and always seemed to be on the edge. God always delivered. Supporting thousands of orphans and supplying international ministries, he did it all by believing God, telling no one but God of the orphanage’s needs. God provided by directing obedient believers, and by changing circumstances – he still does both today. Are you an obedient believer?
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12: 6,7
From George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles:
Reverend Muller undertook nothing, even the smallest expenditure, unless he felt it was the will of God. He was asked how he sought the will of God. This is his reply:
- 1. “I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
- 2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impressions. If so, I make my self liable to great delusions.
- 3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through or in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay my self open to great delusions also.
- 4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
- 5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
- 6. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and it continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.”
Mr. Muller was asked how well this worked.
“I never remember”, he wrote in 1895, three years before his death at the age of 93, “in all my Christian course, a period now of sixty-nine years and four months, that I ever SINCERELY and PATIENTLY sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost through the instrumentality of the Word of God, but I have always been directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or I did not patiently wait upon the Lord for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow men to the declarations of the Word of the living God, I made great mistakes.”