Today’s verse says: “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). But are you ready for that?
Last year, I brought lots of toys, clothes and gifts that were freely put at my disposal to the orphans in Haiti. Since we had a lot of things left and we had a day of activities for the children in our church, I decided to give them what was left, but it was obvious that not everyone would receive a gift because that day we had more children than what was left. So we started distributing pens, pencils, toys and clothes randomly. At some point, a boy around 10 years old tapped my shoulder and I turned around. He looked at me in the eyes. I thought he wanted to say something. He gave me the pen he had received and walked away. I was speechless, but turned and handed the pen to the first person my eyes fell on and it was a young girl… I still remember how happy she was! She said thank you and walked away… with a big smile.
My brother, my sister, are you ready to receive from the Lord? We very often ask God for many things: money, marriage, children, health, work, house, etc… but sometimes he chooses to give us something that may not be number one on our lists sent in prayer to Him. How do we receive it? The fact is if you see God has not given you exactly what you have asked, could it be that He still wants to work you out of something that displeases Him, such as pride or ungratefulness? God can give you something you don’t expect, just to test your faith and show you yourself who you are or what is blocking His mighty hands in your life. If you cannot rejoice in little gifts from a man, then don’t expect big gifts from God, for the Bible says: “If you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:12) Put another way, when you are faithful over another man’s gift, God will let you use your own in a great way.
You see, when a door is wide open, it is ajar first and most of the time, it opens slowly… When God ordered the sea to split so that his people would come out of Egypt, It took the whole night for the water to be driven back, despite the action of the God who had instantly created the sea: “”Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided “(Exodus 14:21). We sometimes do not receive from God because, even if the door just begins to open, we close it because we want the breakthrough instantly, we are too impatient, proud or ungrateful. My friend, examine yourself today and learn that to receive from God is to receive what God, in His will and in His plan, deems good for you. Do not despise the little things you receive because you do not know what God is doing in your life for His glory. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.