Day 8

 

The Scripture

Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all the rest. For all these put in their gifts from their surplus. But she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4

Hearth Thought

It is easy to give away what has little value to you, it is hard to give away what is necessary for you. What makes this passage even more interesting is the background. Yeshua had already corrected the religious leaders of his day who pillaged the finances of widows for their own personal gain (Luke 20:47). Here in Luke 21, you see the same religious leaders giving out of their abundance. Assumedly, this abundance came through devouring the income of widows like this one coming with very little. She is not only giving out of her poverty. She is also watching others give of their wealth that the they took from her.

Why doesn’t Yeshua rise to action? Why does he sit silently on the side as an observer to this scene?  Yeshua does not try prevent or chastise either party because he knows that each one will reap what they sow. He knows that what God rewards is the motivation behind the gift and not just the gift itself. He knows that His heavenly father has done a complete and thorough accounting of a person’s chart-of-accounts. He knows when someone is giving tips to the temple to look good in the eyes of others He knows when the truly pious are acting out of grateful hearts. He also knows that His heavenly Father will not forsake, nor abandon them but will reward and defend them.

Lauren and I went through an incredibly hard time financially when we came back to Houston from Alberta.  We had drained all of our savings, invested all we had in the work we had done in Canada, and to add salt to the wound Lauren had to have a surgery that we would have to pay out of pocket for. Times were tough. It would have been easy to become inward, to think that the very limited resources we had were for our private use. We knew better. We knew God was on our side. We know He was our Guardian. We knew He would be faithful to supply our every need. We kept sowing seeds out of our poverty when I did not have any source of income coming in. We believed that God would take care of our needs.

When we look back on those days we see how God’s hand provided for each one of our needs, sometimes on a daily basis. A kind friend would bring groceries. An unexpected job would turn up where I could work hard and get enough money to pay for the necessities life for my family. When we were going through this period we use to say that “God was feeding by the Ravens of the air just like he did with Elijah.” Every day enough would show up. Then God started to give me increase and favor and more and better employment. We know that is because even in our poverty and from our poverty we continued to sow our finances into God’s work and kingdom.

Prayer

May the Lord God of Israel bless the seed that you sow today. May you walk in his amazing blessing and hear his voice of affirmation just like he affirmed this widow’s gift. May you know that in your giving you are blessing the heart of the Father and that He is going to supply and take care of your every single need.

For the Feed

When we look back on those days we see how God’s hand provided for each one of our needs, sometimes on a daily basis. A kind friend would bring groceries. An unexpected job would turn up where I could work hard and get enough money to pay for the necessities life for my family. When we were going through this period we use to say that “God was feeding by the Ravens of the air just like he did with Elijah.” Every day enough would show up. Then God started to give me increase and favor and more and better employment. We know that is because even in our poverty and from our poverty we continued to sow our finances into God’s work and kingdom.