Today: Psalms 106:1-15; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Isaiah 14, 15 & 16
“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
I’ve been reading through the Bible every year for many years. Every single time I learn so much, notice things I’ve never noticed before, and grow closer to God in new ways (I highly recommend it!). A few years ago, I noticed something interesting… I don’t have any hard data for this, but one phrase seems to be repeated more than any other in the Old Testament. “His love endures forever.” Isn’t that a lovely phrase to be repeated so often?
2 Corinthians 9
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
When I was in college, I went to a church that preached a prosperity gospel. I left that church pretty quickly because of all the bad unBiblical teaching (such as the prosperity gospel). But it was quite an eye-opening experience to witness such terrible teaching. Prosperity gospel is the idea that God wants us to be exceedingly rich. Giving and tithing is pushed hard (usually the push was to give to that particular church). And the motivation to give was SO THAT YOU would receive. They went to great lengths to “prove” that all the disciples, and even Jesus Himself, were dirty rich. This was a very selfish teaching and is absolutely NOT Biblical at all.
God does promise to bless us when we give. But our motivation should be love and to meet the needs of others. And “blessings” can be many different things other than money, like faith, strength, praise, and other fruits of the Spirit.