We all know generosity is good, and that giving to our local church and to causes we care about is the right thing to do. But as followers of Christ, giving is not optional.
Way back in Genesis, God gave our first parents, Adam and Eve, a mandate. Yes, there was the mandate to rule over creation and subdue it, but even before that, there was another command woven into the DNA of our first parents, and in ours as well. He created them to bear His image (1:26–27).
When we bear God’s image to one another and to all creation, we reflect His good heart. And the Bible makes it clear that God is a generous and cheerful giver.
Below are 21 passages that reveal God’s heart in giving:
The Lord gave the land of Israel to His people.
Deuteronomy 12:10: But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.
The Lord gives protection.
Deuteronomy 23:14: For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
The Lord gives rain to all.
Deuteronomy 28:12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
Jeremiah 5:24: They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
The Lord gives strength to His anointed.
1 Samuel 2:10: Those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
The Lord gives victory in battle.
1 Samuel 17:46–47: This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
1 Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord gives strength and peace to His people.
Psalm 29:11: The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 68:35: You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
The Lord gives provision.
Psalm 115:14: May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
1 Timothy 6:17: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
The Lord gives understanding.
Psalm 119:169: May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word.
The Lord gives wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6: For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The Lord gives life to the world.
John 6:33: For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
Romans 4:17: As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
1 Timothy 6:13: In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you
The Lord gave us Jesus.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Lord gives us His Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 4:8: Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Over to you
How have you experienced the generosity of God in your life? Let His heart for giving inspire yours!