Fields of Gold Devotional
Day 1: October 14 by Kendra Trautman
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
I love stewardship season! I bet you don’t hear a lot of people say that. Not only is it usually right in the middle of football season, but it’s always a great time to revisit God’s economic system, which is completely different from the world’s. Have you read the “Fields of Gold” book yet? If not, I pray you will. It is a short, powerful book that will really help you think about stewardship in a different way. The book really gets to the heart of what keeps us from being generous. And good news, it’s not because we’re greedy! I don’t want to spoil it for you, so grab a book and find out what it is!
This passage is particularly rich because it really challenges how we view our role versus God’s role in our personal finances. Verse 10 says the “seed” we have comes from someone. It’s not from us, but someone supplies the seed to the sower. That someone is God and He supplies it to us so that we can be generous in investing in His work. I don’t know about you, but if I knew I could give generously to God, still have everything I need and be abundantly blessed, I would sign up for that. That’s exciting! And that’s exactly what this passage says if we look a few verses back.
All we have to do is trust that God is who He says He is and that He’ll do what He says He will do. Easy, right? Sometimes that’s hard for us, but God is faithful! He is in control of our finances and we are merely stewards of what He has given us. Realizing that everything is His and He just gives it to us to use makes it easier for me to give it back to Him. It’s all His anyway!
Consider these questions in your quiet time today.
- Who controls my finances? Is it me or God?
- Who is best equipped to handle my finances? Is it me or God?
- What changes do I need to make to trust God more and to align my heart with His?
God, everything we have comes from You, and You are so generous. Help us to align our hearts with Yours. We want You involved in every part of our lives, including our finances. We want Your priorities to be our priorities. Help us to trust you more. Help us to not be afraid.
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