When we were a young couple, three children, one income finances of course were tight. But I was learning to trust God in the area of finances. One day my husband asked me to buy something specific from the grocery store. I bought something similar because it was on sale. I was proud of my conquest. But when I got home and explained to him why I had purchased item B rather than item A, he jokingly said to me, “Your God doesn’t work in the grocery store?”
That question has stuck with me for over 20 years. Do I put limitations on God? Am I cautious when I give. Do I not trust God enough to give generously?
Jesus took a small lunch and fed thousands. I’ve read that story hundreds of time. But this morning I noticed something remarkable, “Each person took as much as they wanted until they were satisfied.” Jesus placed no limit on how much they received. If Jesus had said (like I would have) “Okay, each family take one fish and one loaf of bread” it still would have been an awesome miracle. But Jesus, understanding the resources of heaven, Jesus understanding the Father’s heart, Jesus understanding there is no lack in the Kingdom of God gave generously, lavishly, with no limits.
Twenty years later, I am still growing in my understanding of God’s unlimited resources. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good sale). But I am learning to give with no limits and no fear of lack. I’m proud to announce, my God now works in the grocery store.
“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”
John 6:11 NIV