Lenten Devotional-Day 7

Tuesday, February 24

Deuteronomy 15:10 Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Giving and God’s Grace

A couple months ago, I was driving home and noticed a man walking along the side of the road holding a “homeless and hungry” sign. Right at that moment, I felt as if God was telling me, “you need to do something for that man.” I spontaneously drove to the nearest grocery store to buy some snacks and water for this man. When I walked out, I saw him walking into a McDonalds nearby. When I finally got to him, I handed him the bag of snacks, and he said to me, “God bless you.” A month or so after that, I saw that same man at Aldersgate attending worship, and I had the opportunity to go say hello to him afterwards at Sip n’ Chat.

I believe God was urging me to give to that man because He knew I would encounter him again someday. I walked away from this experience believing God would be happy to see one of His children helping another child of His, and that is a feeling better than anything I’ve ever experienced. God has given us so much: He sent His only son to die on the cross for us. It’s important to remember to give to those who are in need, whether they’re in need of food, or simply in need of comfort or love.

During this Lenten season, it’s important to remember why we tend to give up things we’re used to having, whether we choose to fast or give up Starbucks, we do it for Christ because of how much he’s done for us. We are blessed in so many ways, and we should share those blessings, giving to others so they too may feel blessed.

                                                                                                             Ashley Oliver

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the many blessings you have placed in our lives. Let us remember to give to others so they can experience your love and grace.