Yesterday, I went to the Gideon website to buy some Bibles in honor of a birthday that would be coming up. I planned on spending $20.00 for the Bible donation, but because I didn’t understand the website very well, I spent $40. instead. With anything else I would have immediately gone back to the website and asked for a refund. But these are Bibles and so I felt it was okay to spend the $40. God has been so good to us, and both my husband and I seek to show the Lord gratitude for what he’s done for us. One way is to be generous. We can never out give God, and it is not our intent to try. So, I left the $40 gladly. After all, the Lord provides for us every day.
Later on in the day, I decided to go shopping for a pair of summer shoes. I went to Famous Footwear and found this pair of Skechers. I thought $45. was a good price from $69.99. My surprise happened when I only paid $19.99 for them! Yes, God cares about even the little things!
It wasn’t until much later that I realized there was a clear connection between the Gideon incident and the Skecher incident. In the Gideon incident my initial thought was that I was going to spend $20 but spent $40. In the Skecher incident I was going to spend $45 but instead spent $20! Those people who know me, know I don’t believe in coincidences. How good God is to us! This also shows that we can’t out give God.
And there’s another blessing aspect to this that I must share.
God is Almighty. God cares about every detail of our lives. And God wants us to tell him everything. Yes! He knew what happened with the Gideon’s website. He knew what happened at the shoe store. He’s omni-everything: omniscient, omnipresent, and almighty. He doesn’t need us to tell him, he knows already; but he wants us to tell him, to share with him our hopes, our fears, and our experiences. Rich Mullins once said that God is “knocked out” about us and loves us more than we can ever know. That’s why he wants us to share with him about our lives. That’s why he created Adam and Eve in the first place. He wanted then and wants still now people that love him because they want to, love him and share their lives and experiences with him and that’s what we’re made to do.
Think about it: God Almighty, the one who keeps the universe from falling apart, the one that keeps us on this earth, whether we love him or not, wants us to love him and share with him every aspect of our days, from the moment we rise to the moment we lay our heads down to rest.
And if he cares about the smallest aspect of your life, you can bet he wants to be there in the big things too: the loss of a spouse, the loss of a parent, the loss of a job, when you feel your world is crashing in on you. He wants to be there to comfort and help you. And he wants to share the joy in your life too.
If you haven’t experienced the wild love of God, Jesus is waiting to accept you into the family. He promises that if we seek him, he will be found by us. Speak to Jesus today and ask him to forgive your sins. I’ve got news: he’s already forgiven them. He’s just waiting for you to take his gift: the gift of himself. The road won’t be easy. He tells us in his word that we must count the cost; but it is so worth it. Call on him today. If you're not sure how, click on this link: http://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally/index.htm