Finding joy in a challenging ecomony

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

Being able to give of yourself, especially during a challenging time in your life, is a real gift—not only to the recipient, but mostly to the giver. There is something strengthening about being able to give or help someone else. So no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, there is a way to be a blessing to someone else. By doing that, not only are you glorifying God, but it takes your focus off your situation and puts it on the ministry of Christ.

I like the line in the scripture above, “their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” You may look at your own circumstance and think that because you don’t have a lot of money, what can you do? I say that there is no limit to what you can do in Jesus’ name. Pray about the possibilities.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you so much for all the blessings you have bestowed on us. I pray that I may not take any of them for granted. Please give me wisdom on how I can give for your honor and glory. Amen

Faith tip: Discern the needs God has made apparent to you, and pray about the possibilities.

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