2 Corinthians 9

Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.

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“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, You will abound in every good work.” (v 7-8 NIV)

How You daily take care of me, Father!  You meet my simplest, most basic needs as well as the more intricate and involved ones. You have designed who I am.  You’ve seen who I have been.  You anticipate who I will become.  In ALL things surrounding my life, my being, YOUR hand is at work.  At ALL times, You are personally aware of my needs, hopes, longings, and You are involved.  You see to it that I continually have ALL that I need just when You know I need it.  It’s like Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, once said, “God’s work done in God’s way shall never lack God’s supply.”  You supply all that I need, so that You can use me in the lives of others who need to know You or grow closer to You.

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, … your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God …men will praise God …for your generosity …and in their prayers for you…” (v 11-14 NIV)

What fun!  What a joy it is, Lord, when You show me that there’s something I have or can do that another person needs.  And look at the spiritual rewards You highlight through Paul’s words: Those who receive such gifts will be helped; they’ll praise You, God, and they’ll pray … just like You’ve designed Your Body to function!

In the way that Paul rounds out this chapter, I choose to agree, “Thanks be to You, my God, for Your indescribable gift!”  Thank You for the lives You’ve used to minister to mine.  Thank You for touching me through Jesus … for altering the course of my soul through Your sacrificial gift of Your Son’s life in my place, so that I might be free from sin.

Oh, Father!  Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.  Keep my heart faithful to You.  Make Your will my will, as You mold me to become just like Jesus.  Amen.