Giving as God Does

October 22, 2021  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

women praying with her eyes closed

Ask yourself this question — what would you pray for if you really believed God could and would do anything for you? In my experience, we all have something. We all have that miracle we’re afraid to request, afraid we will be disappointed.

Do we doubt God’s readiness to give because we ourselves have such an imperfect understanding of charity and love? Maybe if we had better faith in God, we would be more ready to give of ourselves — and maybe if we were more ready to give of ourselves, we would understand more clearly the ways of God.

Because we’re not really afraid that God can’t do something. We know He can do anything. What we’re afraid of is that He will do what He always does: give us what we need, not what we want.

Have you ever had a friend in need and you just wanted to give them something — a meal, a phone call, a text? Not because you knew it would help, but simply because you wanted to reach out. And have they ever said to you: It wasn’t so much what you gave, but the fact that you did. You gave them what they needed even if it wasn’t what they specifically asked for.

When we give in this manner, we are giving as God does. Sometimes we are afraid to ask because we don’t want to be disappointed. But remember, the blind man on the road got what he asked for, but he would have gotten what he needed even if his answer had been the opposite. God’s generosity is always reckless, and it’s always perfect.

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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