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Unexpected Generosity

Read Genesis 22:1-19

Then the Angel of God called again to Abraham from heaven. "I, the Lord, have sworn by myself that because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son from me, I will bless you with incredible blessings and multiply your descendants, like the stars above you in the sky, and like the sands along the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, and your offspring will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth - all because you have obeyed me."

Genesis 22:15-18 (TLB)

Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! Psalm 23:1 (TLB)

Shantha Rosa lives in Sri Lanka. Several years ago, she was employed in a school administration office. One day she had only enough money for her commute to the office. Because she had no money to buy breakfast, Shantha continued working at her desk rather than joining the others who left for the canteen.

Suddenly she heard a voice behind her, and she turned to see a friend of hers who was a pastor. Shantha was surprised to see him at school. He invited her to join him for breakfast in the canteen where he paid for her meal, gave her some extra money, and offered her a pair of shoes. Shantha could not believe it! Her shoes had holes in them. When she asked him what prompted him to extend all these kind gestures, he said that he felt called to do so.

This incident occurred seven years ago, and it led Shantha to have complete trust in God for all her needs. Presently, she is a student at a theological college, and Shantha believes her friend's generosity was the beginning of God's calling upon her to serve in ministry full-time. God can provide for our needs in surprising ways.

Prayer: Dear God, you see our needs and provide for us in unexpected ways. Thank you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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