Why do we sometimes over prepare for imagined eventualities, only to find that for which we thought we were prepared never happened. Is it because we are fearful and perhaps unbelieving? Have you ever noticed that the fears we imagine never embrace the reality of the presence of God in our lives? We spend our money, we give our time and worry ourselves to distraction and all because we have lost sight of the Lord Himself.
Let us remember that the Lord whom we so often neglect is a cheerful giver Himself. In fact He gives to such excess we would perhaps think He was being wasteful, (humanly speaking.) Think of the stars in the night sky, a sunset, countless little bluebells on the forest floor bed, snowflakes, birdsong, water, autumn leaves; the list is endless. Then there are the spiritual benefits for the believer like being loved by God and forgiven, being accepted by God in Christ, the certainty of His promised presence with us all the time, the assurance of a home in heaven all because He loved without reserve and regret and proved it when He gave Himself and became our substitute, dying to take away our sin.
Have you noticed our friends that were mentioned earlier were a bit like the Lord they loved in their giving? Without even noticing they were mimicking His ways when they gave the way they did.
Oh to be like Mary, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathæa and many others who knew their God and Saviour and learned how to be ‘cheerful givers’, and give without reserve or regret.
Perhaps we then could utter as the hymn writer wrote: