Giving is a scriptural principle.
God does not prosper us by raising our standard of living, He prospers us for raising our standard of Giving.
Giving encompasses the following:-
a. Giving tithe and offering
b. Giving to the needy
c. Giving to widows who are in need and the elderly
d. Giving to genuine Ministers and Pastors
e. Giving to whoever God is leading you to give to.
God commanded a widow to provide for the needs of Elijah the prophet. God had ordained this to test the widow's giving habit and use that as an avenue to bless her. God knew the widow was poor and needy. God made Abraham the Father of all nations (Gen. 22).
Sometimes a door will close, however, another door will always open. When the brook dried up, God made another provision for Elijah. God is always working above and beyond what we can believe, and this is the providence of God. He arranges things so perfectly without us actually knowing what is going on.
In Mark 6:38-41, Jesus used five loaves and two fishes to feed over five thousand people.
Elijah was obedient to God's command. He had to do what God had called him to do. Hudson Taylor once said, "God's work, done in God’s way will never lack God's supply." We may not understand God's ways, but we need to trust Him that He actually knows all things and able to do all things.
Sometimes, God may lead you out of your comfort zone, maybe even to a dangerous or risky place, but He does not send you alone. God goes before you, He goes with you, He will never, ever leave you or forsake you. The widow was a Gentile (Lk. 4:25-26).
1 Kings 17:10-12, we read that the widow was about to take her last meal with her son.
Have you come to the end of your resources? Have your money, health, friends, patience, etc., all gone? Take comfort from this story of the widow and Elijah. The widow believed in the God of Israel, and yet the Lord allowed her distress. God knew all about her extremity, but He was working out His purpose for her through Elijah.
If you are experiencing trouble, it does not mean that the Lord has forgotten you. When you think you have nothing at all, l tell you, God is already thinking about you. The widow at that point had lost hope. The widow thought she was preparing her last meal before she and her son died (vrs 12).
Why did she lose hope? Her eyes were upon the near empty jar of flour and the little jug of oil, instead of upon the Lord.
If we pin our faith to anything down here, we shall certainly lose hope and our faith will falter, but if we put our faith in God, He will never fail us. God’s supplies never fails where there is faith. When reading the Bible, we should not forget that the characters in both the Old Testament and New Testament, were humans just like us. They also had hopes and dreams; they believed and they doubted; they felt joy and experienced despair; they suffered real pain; they did not know what was going to happen next. God had chosen this hopeless widow to be part of something that would influence people of faith down through eternity.
God had chosen to not only give her life, but to declare through her that He is the Resurrection and the Life. God declared Himself as the Giver of Life.
Giving to God out of our little will often mean, He will give us out of His wealth. It is no small thing to totally trust in God when you have so little. But we demonstrate trust when we break the hold of what we have and opt for hope in the Lord. The little we have will go as far as it is necessary when we put the work of the Lord ahead of our own personal needs.
Some benefits of Giving ;
Giving always results in receiving (Luke 6: 38). God will use people from all walks of life to bless us unexpectedly.
*Giving brings a Harvest (Gal. 6: 9). God will return to us many times what we have planted.
*Giving builds our faith and trust in God (Mal. 3: 10; Phil. 4: 19)
Beloved, God wants us to test and trust Him. When it comes to giving, motives matters.
And more so, it matters to God. God will test our giving attitude to bless us.
Follow your heart, give cheerfully, for God loves a Cheerful Giver!