The Generosity of God – Fish and Loaves for all


The Middle Zone Musing topic for this month is What I”ve Learned from the Generosity of Others.  But I couldn’t get beyond the generosity of God and remembering the many times that God has overwhelmed me with overflowing abundance.  It seems to be a very pertinent reminder at this season when so many are grappling with how to continue to be generous when they see their life savings dwindling rapidly before their eyes.

The scripture verse I am always reminded of is 2 Cor 9: 10, 11  which I know many of you are probably sick of hearing me talk about.

“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousnes.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

In many ways this has become the testimony of my life.  The first time I can remember being overwhelmed by the generosity of God was during my early days on board the Mercy Ship M/V Anasastsis.  We were stuck in Greece trying to resurrect this old ship, with very little money and very few resources.  We decided to call a 40 day fast to seek God’s guidance for the future.  We would meet for prayer every morning in a room that looked out over the Mediterranean Sea.

One day towards the end of our fast we looked outside and notices something flashing in the sunlight.  “The fish are jumping” someone called and we raced outside to find fish jumping out of the sea and stranding themselves on the beach.  We actually collected 8,301 fish that morning – and that isn’t counting the ones that got away. It was as though God was saying – in my time and in my way I will provide the harvest.

Fish in Greece

Fish in Greece

That was almost 30 years ago and though the Anastasis is no longer with us Mercy Ships is still providing medical and surgical help to thousands in Africa

God has poured out that same kind of generosity throughout my life.  I have always had enough for my daily needs and a generous amount to give away and I am not just talking finances here. God has given me generous gifts and talents which have multiplied as I have shared them with others in ways that continue to astound me. God has also given me generous friendships and colleagues.  Tom & I have friends literally all over the world.

God’s generosity isn’t confined to the pages of the Bible or to some deep distant past.  It present all around us today too but often we don’t see it because we hold to ourselves the things that God intends us to share.  The feeding of the 5,000 began with the generous act of sharing by a young boy who was probably hungry willing reached out to others with the little that he had.  The miraculous way in which God provided for Elijah through the widow and her son only occurred because she was willing to share her last meal.

I think that we only become aware of the abundance of God when we share our limited resources with others a theme which I have already reflected on in my post What I Learned from Stress in Times of Financial Crisis . But we also only become aware of the generosity of God when we look for it in the everyday events of our lives.  If we focus on our own needs we can easily get caught in a mentality of scarsity and feel that we don’t have anything to share… and that makes us more and more acquisitive and less generous.

What do you think?  Where have you become aware of the generosity of God in these days of scarsity?

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14 Responses

  1. I agree with you Christine; the best way to truly understand the generosity of God is to try and give away what He provides us! That old saying, “You can’t outgive God” will always be true!

    Thanks for the contribution to this month’s WILF, Christine!

    Cheers!

  2. Robert thanks and your right God’s generosity is amazing

  3. Brother / Sister in Faith,

    The Almighty is much misunderstood by many, some claim to believe and yet believe not.
    I’ve touched on the Topic “Who is The Almighty Allah” See:
    http://thetruereligion.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/who-is-allah/

    I’ve also touched on Topics such as “The True Religion” I will soon be posting a new article taking from the Blessed Holy Bible…
    It will be called “Islaam in the Bible” giving reference and very indepth answers.
    All over the world Priests, Missionaries, Rabbis are reverting to Islaam…
    Some may Question but why are all our religious scholars becoming Muslim.
    The Answers might just be in my blog posts.
    Find out More from Former Christian Priests, Missionaries, Rabbis etc…
    Search for the names listed from my blog posts and you’ll get their details should you have any questions.
    With love to all for the pleasure of Allah.
    Al-Farooq

    • Al-Farooq,
      I agree that the Almighty is misunderstood and realize that all of us see through a glass very darkly. I think that in this day and age we need to be willing to listen very carefully and thoughtfully to all those who think differently than we d o. Thank you for your comments

  4. Ever Sunday we have a potluck with neighbourhood folks- nearly 25 every week. We are made up of missionaries, students, single parents, homeless folks, etc. While we love to connect and eat together, many come because it is saves money. What we have all discovered is the wealth of true community that has resulted. As one of our students mentioned recently, ever Sunday is like Christmas dinner- exhausting, but amazing!

    Peace,
    Jamie

  5. Jamie this is a great idea. Many blessings on what you do

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  7. “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

    Talk about ‘givers gain’ 😉

    It’s been a long while since I read anything from the good book, and this is a sharp reminder that ‘new sayings’ are in fact as old as Methuselah.

    Karin H (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  8. Your right – as another part of the good book says “There is nothing new under the sun.” God’s principles of goodness never change

  9. A lovely post… While it makes sense that God is generous beyond compare (after all, the universe is an awesome and awe-inspiring place), it still feeds the soul to know that others have experienced such responses, both miraculous and every day, to prayers spoken and not.

  10. Thank You, Christine!

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