God blesses our efforts to obey him – 3 Inspiring Examples to remind you that God always blesses our efforts to obey him, to honor him, and to please him.
Psalm 25:3, NLT No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced…
Galatians 6:9, ESV And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. What Makes God Happy?
My husband and I were at church, and we had a visiting pastor, a missionary. He told us about how God was using him and other missionaries abroad, how the gospel was being preached, how lives were being drawn to God. We were encouraged.
We were already giving towards missions at our church regularly, and had planned to continue giving the amount we usually gave regularly (we are encouraged to prayerfully decide what we want to give towards missions once a year, and this was the day to submit our plan for the year at our church).
I felt like God was speaking to me, telling me He wanted us to double our annual giving to missions. I thought to myself, hmm… Is that really God speaking to me? what if it’s just my mind playing tricks on me? Lol. So I hoped God would confirm it through my husband.
I got excited, imagining it could be one of those exciting testimonies where my husband would turn to me and say “I really feel like God wants us to double our missions giving!” and I would say to him: “Oh my goodness! I feel the same way too! I was waiting for God to confirm it through you!” And we would know for sure that this was God speaking to us. And we would testify.
But nothing like that happened lol. I asked my husband what he was thinking for missions this year, and he said – I’m thinking the usual. Hmm. But soon afterwards, the visiting pastor said: “Right now your church is sponsoring 100 missionaries. What if you could sponsor 200 missionaries?” Hmm. I was 99% sure this was a confirmation from God to double our missions giving.
I discussed what happened with my husband, and he immediately said Let’s go for it!!! He quickly reminded me that God always blesses our efforts to obey him. He reminded me that even if we are not 100% sure, God will bless our sincere efforts to obey him!
So we happily doubled our automatic missions giving. A little while later, my husband brought something to my attention. We had just received a check in the mail for an excess amount returned to us from a previous stock transaction. The amount in the check was very close to what our extra yearly mission contribution would be for that year. I felt like God was smiling at us! 🙂
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