“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.” (James 1:5 NIV)
I know we are kind of in the middle of looking through Jesus’ parables, but I wanted to share something that caught my eye today while studying James.
When discussing giving, someone always seems to bring up the “what if” questions:
- “What if they use my money to buy drugs/cigarettes/alcohol?”
- “What if they don’t really need it?”
- “What if they take advantage of me?”
These types of questions have always made me feel uncomfortable. While I could never justify enabling a destructive habit or addiction, how can we ever really know someone’s true intentions, especially if they are a stranger we haven’t met before? Only God can judge the motives of the heart (1 Cor. 4:5). To me, the “what-if” questions always sounded like excuses, though I wasn’t sure how to counter them. Today, during my study, I found my answer in James 1:5 (NIV):
“…God, who gives generously to all without finding fault…”
Without. Finding. Fault.
Can you imagine what that means? It means God isn’t sitting up on His throne saying, “But I can’t give him that! He’s just going to do something stupid with it!” And God knows our intentions; sometimes even we don’t know our own intentions! But He “gives generously” anyway. He gives to the “good” and the “bad”, and doesn’t even ask for references, never mind do a background check.
So here’s a new “what if” question for you. What if we gave as generously and as freely as God gives, without finding fault with anyone? What if?