Learn to Revere God - day 34
Generosity Is God’s Idea (Part 4)
In continuation with the previous blog first let’s go back to the Nation of Israel as recorded in Exodus 19. Remember when Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God and receive the Law? He was gone 40 days. (Exo 32; 34:28) In his absence, the people in the camp became restless, filled with worry, and even frightened. Why? They had become accustomed to being led by the Pillar and the Cloud. (Exo 13:21-22) They relied on Moses to be their intermediary (Exo 20:18-22; 33:7-11), to tell them God’s will every step of the way. (Exo 20:22) God had become accessible, not just to the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs; but, to every member of the nation. The Almighty Creator God had softened His voice, hid His glory within a cloud, and made His very infinite nature finite, to be seen, felt, and heard by His people in the desert. (Exo 20:18-22) This was majestic and mysterious stuff. Imagine being delivered out of bondage, out of the hands of the mightiest power on Earth, then being led and fed by the very Hand of God. (Exo 16:35; Exo 13:21-22) Now suddenly, God and Moses are missing. Can you relate? I can.
There are times when I have those ‘mountaintop experiences’ where the Holy Spirit feels tangibly involved in every detail of my life. Then, other times he’s distant, seemingly abandoning me on a cold winter’s day, His presence nowhere to be found. It’s during those times – the more difficult times – that I need to know and believe by faith that He will return to me. But, how do I experience God’s presence in the mountains and in the valleys – during the spiritually warm summers and spiritually cold winters of life? I think that we, in part, find the answer at the foot of Mount Sinai. There, in the Tent of Meeting, just outside of the camp of the Nation of Israel, God said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to take for Me a contribution. You are to receive the contribution for Me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” So, Moses did. (Exo 35:4-29)
Gospel-Motivated Generosity - day 33
You’re more blessed to give than to receive - day 32
Generosity Is God’s Idea (Part 3)
In continuation with the last blog the second example of God’s Generosity is:
The Lamb of God
Another example of God’s generosity toward mankind is found in the story of Israel’s deliverance from 400 years bondage in Egypt. (Exo 3:7-10) Even if you have never read the account in the Bible, you may have seen the movie, The Ten Commandments. In the story, Moses returned from Midian to Egypt (Exo 4:19-20) in order to follow God’s command to tell Pharaoh to: “Let my people go!” (Exo 7:16, Exo 5:1) Moses confronts his stepbrother, the Pharaoh. (Exo 2:10) (Moses had been adopted into the royal family by this Pharaoh’s mother when, as a young girl, she had found him in the basket in the river. (Exo 2:3-10) Now in his stepbrother’s Egyptian court, Moses gives Pharaoh God’s command to release the Israelites.
The Media Has The Flu
In an era of 24-hour news sources, there’s a constant craving by CNN, Fox, CNBC and the like for up-to-the-minute, impactful news. I liken them to junkies who are in constant need of a sensational new fix. Of course, there isn’t always something new and sensational to report on, so the media create something. The law of diminishing returns then comes into effect, so the next time they have to come up with a bigger and better story. It’s like a drug addict who is constantly looking for a bigger, and more frequent, fix.
The sad part is that the American public plays right into this game. The recent suspicious deaths and illnesses has begun to devastate the Dominican Republic’s economy over the past few weeks by the dramatic drop in tourism, all because the media gave the impression that everyone in the Dominican Republic was walking around with face masks and rubber gloves.
Generosity reveals what you value - day 31
Generosity Is God’s Idea (Part 2)
God is generous, and generosity is both His idea and part of “CREATION EXISTS FOR US. HE GAVE IT TO HUMANKIND TO STEWARD AND ENJOY.” His nature. You can see His generosity towards His creation even when you mess it up, sin, and misuse your relationship with Him.
FIRST EXAMPLE OF GOD’S GENEROSITY
The Substitution Principle
Let’s look back to what happened in the Garden of Eden after
Adam and Eve sinned …
Think about it:
- Adam and Eve had a complete, pure and undisturbed relationship with their Creator, signified by their walking together with God in the Garden (Gen 3:8),
- Adam was given one job, to tend God’s creation (Gen 2:15) – the Garden,
- Adam was given one rule: Don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Gen 2:16-17)