March 25, 2020

God’s Giving Heart

Are you wondering where you stand with God right now?

Many restaurants and businesses have closed their doors. Some people are working from home. Others are unable to work and wonder how they’ll get through this difficult time.
Sometimes we take principles that we learn during easy times and, in the confusion of everything, misapply them during tough times. For example, we grow up learning conditions. If the sun goes down, it will probably get cooler. If there are dark clouds coming, it might rain. Some people attribute conditions to God: “If I’m good, he will bless me. If I’m not good, well…maybe he won’t.”
Is that really true? Is God just like a vending machine? If you put enough coins in, you’ll get what you’re looking for? Of course not!

God is so much greater and higher than that!

Scripture says: He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Did you catch it? God’s goodness isn’t determined by our actions.

He provides for and takes care of all because of his incredible, giving heart.

That is an important lesson for us to hold on to right now. God cares about you. He’s going to take care of you. Even if you fall on harder times, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care. He’s still there watching over you and ready to help. This is true not because of what you do. It’s true because of God’s giving heart.

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