Day 3: Fields of Gold Devotional

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Fields of Gold Devotional

Day 3: October 16 by Kathy Lofland

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33

As Jesus spoke with his disciples in the introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, He encouraged them not to worry about anything.  God already knows what you need.  How many times have we heard that or read that verse and continued to let worry seep into our thoughts, despite the promises God made to watch over us?

In my late 30s, I received notice in the mail one day that my bank account had been levied by the IRS due to warnings my estranged spouse had received and ignored earlier in the year. Before that time, I had good credit and always felt in control, but that day I was on my knees to God and felt his calming peace within.

Our house went on the market and thankfully sold within a week. I, along with my daughter, who was going into her senior year, moved into and adjusted to apartment living as well as sharing one car. While I still had a good job, it took a few years to get rid of all our debt. God helped me to take each day one day at a time and stay focused on Him. Even today, it is still humbling to remember those struggles. 

That’s why I believe faithful tithing in the church is so important.  I’ve never forgotten God’s faithfulness and what it has meant to trust Him so completely. Tithing is not only our opportunity to thank God and give back what He has already given us, but also to help support our church family, its missions, studies and programs within the community and beyond.

Prayer

Loving and gracious Father, everything we have comes from you.  Let us remember your faithfulness, and trust you each day to guide and direct our hearts to be faithful in our giving to bear witness to your generous love.  Amen.

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