Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. (2 Cor 8:2-5).
The Macedonian church was extremely poor. But by the grace of God they were able to give with rich generosity. They not only gave as much as they could, but even beyond their ability. They had faith in a God of miracles. They saw past their physical lack of resources and believed in God for grace to abound. The Macedonians has such a powerful faith that speaks beyond believing for finances. It also encourages us to believe in God whenever we lack in any area. Do we find ourselves irritable and lacking in patience? God is more than able to give us long-suffering and love. Do we find ourselves saying inappropriate or crude things? God is more than able to make us kind and encouraging. Do we find ourselves tempted with lust? God is more than able to give us self-control. Do we find ourselves anxious about the cares of life? God is more than able to give us faith and peace. Do we find ourselves downcast with disappointment. God is more than able to give us a hope and a future. For the grace of the Lord Jesus is that though He was rich, for our sakes he became poor, so that through his poverty we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9). The truth is that we are no longer poor. Christ has made us unimaginably rich. We have only to lift up our eyes, praise Him and put our trust in Him. By His poverty, He makes us rich. Never despise His sacrifice on the cross by doubting that Christ is sufficient for your needs.
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. (2 Cor 9:8).
God is awesome. He is powerful. We may not see the grace around us. We may be poor like the Macedonians. But by faith in the Giver of all good gifts, by believing in the One who is able to make the broken whole, by trusting in the Creator who creates wine from water we can believe in God for miracles. We can believe in the Lord to give us our daily bread, and beyond that we can believe in Christ to see His kingdom come in and through us.
Lord, fill me with faith. Let me believe in You beyond what I can see. That is faith. Lord, give me a faith in You like I have never known before. Let me take captive every doubt and discouragement and place it under the dominion of the cross. Let me lift up my eyes and praise You for being the God who will make me abound in any and every good work. You will see me through, Lord, to the end until I am formed in Your image. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ! I love You, Lord Jesus.