How much is enough? We are going to look at Proverbs 30: 8-9
When I think about that question where investing in God’s kingdom is concerned of course the tithe comes to mind along with how I could be using the time, abilities, and other resources I have been blessed with to serve God….and then, I must confess, there are moments when I question…how much do I have? Enough to tithe? What about my time commitments ? Am I already stretched too thin…do I have the time to serve in a ministry?
My approach initially was to apply a formula to giving time, money, and other resources…it was more like a sliding scale arrangement. If I was feeling comfortable with where I was at financially and with my time commitments then I was more generous. When things were not going so well I cut back on the generosity.
God has a way of accomplishing many things thru a single event and while investing in God’s work is important to advance His kingdom what I also learned (and am still learning) from giving was trusting God. God wants us to trust Him with the answer to the question ‘how much is enough’. God already knows our needs and how He will be providing them. He also knows what our investment in His kingdom will look like. He knows how to strike the perfect balance for each of us for provision and investing. Proverbs 30:8 states “….give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.”…and God is looking out for our best interests here because if we trust Him for provision and how to allocate our resources He can keep us from going in the wrong direction. Proverbs 30:9 “For if I grow rich I may deny you and say ‘who is the Lord?’ and if I am too poor I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”
When we lack we can find ourselves focusing entirely on our needs instead of focusing on God. When we have much we may get comfortable and feel we don’t need God….so we learn to trust God for that perfect balance for giving and having our needs met.