While we do have a budget for many household items and specifically for groceries, it isn’t always possible to stay within that budget. (Doesn’t mean I don’t try though.) Often there seems to always be some unplanned for grocery need such as meals to take to others, extra church fellowships, or even just extra food to prepare for guests. While I used to do lots of Once-A-Month cooking, that has drifted to the wayside over the past few years, need to start back. But never once have we had to do without. Not only that, no matter how many extra meals or mouths, we’ve always had enough. We can’t out give the Lord.
Reminds me of the widow of Zarephath:
1 Kings 17:8-16 (ESV)
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him,
9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.
14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’ ”
15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.
16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
While it is not wise to be presumptuous and test the Lord by ignoring following a budget and spending away everything continually, that also means that we don’t have to have in-hand plenty before we give it away. The Lord with cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) can surely spare some ground beef in order to feed a brother and sister in Christ. Sometimes even He provides a steak. 🙂
… In the same way, a mom, a wife who chooses to go without a paying career because she wants to homeschool, a homemaker who wants to feed the entire world that steps through her home, or really anyone who ministers to anyone in anyway does so in faith. The amount of risk and responsibility a person takes on, increases the amount of provision they need. In a sense, it makes their needs larger. Their need for God’s provision is greatly increased. Whether it is for food, for energy, for wisdom, for a better way to order life, or just plain encouragement, the need is big. The servants of God who have a serving lifestyle have a big list of things they need from God.
In contrast, small-need people are people who can’t allow themselves any amount risk so there will be no real need for God’s provision. Every need that is known has to have a known provision, well ahead of time.
They would probably call it careful planning. I’ll call them small-handed people. They still have hands, no doubt. But God can only place in their hands a small amount because there really is no room in their hands for anything more. …
So according to Organizing Mommy’s analogy are you small handed or large handed?
Do you trust the Lord to provide? Or do you live in fear of lack?
Do you cling tightly to what little you have? Or do you share the abundance of your heavenly Father?
Every time I’ve heard anyone speaking about a mission trip they have always shared how even those with nothing themselves are so eager to share their little. What about you?