When we first moved to our community twenty years ago, we weren't exactly rolling in the dough. We had one baby, one income and one car, but two student loans to pay off, a house payment and new expenses that come with a child. Money was tight, VERY tight. I often laid awake at night wondering how God would meet all our needs when the income and expense columns didn't jive.
Enter the body of Christ, who provided our needs in unconventional ways. One family gave us a side of beef. Another gave clothes. One couple even gave us a car! While I was grateful for these kind gestures, part of me whined to God.
"Why couldn't you just give us the money we need instead of these gifts? I don't like feeling indebted to people. I don't know how to handle that."
But God, in His incredible good form, was teaching us humility. You have to swallow a lot of pride to accept extravagant gifts from people and He gave us ample opportunities. When I finally succumbed to His plan, the gifts touch me deeply. I found myself saying, "God, why me? Why give us all this?" I experienced first hand the essence of today's quote.
~ Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680) ~
We were much humbled, and at the same time completely overwhelmed by His love for us. Not only did God provide for our needs, but because they came through other people, He established relationships to enhance our lives forever.
Isn't He brilliant?!
If you find yourself on the receiving end of a lavish gift, accept it as His offering of grace and mercy. Give the gifter a blessing by embracing their compassion with great joy and thanks. Humility is precious in the eyes of God.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Welcome humility into your life and see how He uses it to bring you closer to Him. His way leads to righteousness. Our own ways often lead us astray.
Which will you choose? The humble path which brings grace and mercy or the independent one that terrifies?
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