Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Philippians 2:4, Hebrews 13:2
It’s interesting that the bread giver seemed to have no awareness of the people or of their hunger. His focus was on the gift of delicious bread he was bringing to the prophet. How could he be so generous with the leader and yet ignore the needs of his fellow students? The man had 20 loaves. Too bad he didn’t have 20-20 vision. He seemed more intent on the fact that he was giving an offering than he was on the impact he could have on others (see Ph. 2:4).
Some people struggle with giving money to the homeless. “They’ll just spend it on drugs or drink,” they rationalize. Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. One benevolent group addressed this problem by assembling small gift bags that contained things like Kleenex, hand sanitizer, a small gift card, etc. You never know—one of those homeless people could be an angel on assignment (see Heb. 13:2).
Ask God to sharpen your vision today, and be prepared to respond to what you see.
- When God opens your eyes to see the needs of others around you, what is your first response? What needs to change?
- Do you think it’s better to give and be wrong, or not give and be wrong? Why?