ACTIVATING GOD’S BLESSING OR CURSES THROUGH GIVING PART 2

A GENEROUS GOD

Now the story doesn’t end here. This child grew and as a boy one day working with his dad in the fields, he suddenly died. Of course the woman was heartbroken – and even angry at God and Elisha. She laid the body of her only son on Elisha’s bed in his room and went to find Elisha.
In her bitter grief she said, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” She said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hope” (2 Kings 4:28)

So Elisha went to her house, prayed and laid himself over the body of the boy and God gave her son life gain. God gave her a son to begin with and the God raised him from the dead, giving him to her again. God is a giver.
But we learn that when we give to God, there is no guarantee that life will suddenly be wonderful and without pain. When we give, we will still be tested. There was yet another time when this Shunamite woman was tested – this time financially (2 Kings 8:1-6). Elisha told this woman to leave the land of Israel because God had revealed to him that a seven year famine was coming. Evidently the Shunamite woman’s husband who was older had died by then because now she was a widow. So she left the country of Israel to avoid the famine. But what evidently happened in those days is that if you left the country for an extended time, your abandoned land would become either the property of the king or perhaps of a relative. But whoever had it, evidently it was no sure thing that you would get it back.
So when the Shunamite woman came back to the land, she went before the king to beg to get her land back. This is where God’s rewarding character is again obvious. When this woman comes to King Joram, Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, just happened to be talking to the king. Imagine that! And the king has just at that moment had asked Gehazi to tell him about his master Elisha’s miracles.
(2 kings 8:5-6) “Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to beg the king for her house and land. Gehazi said. “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life. “ {6} The King asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.”

So how did this woman’s generosity work out in the long run? Her gifts to God were initially just
Meals for Elijah and then
She built and furnished a small room for him.
God’s gifts to her included;
-The birth of a son,
-The resurrection of her son,
-Advance warning of a 7 – year famine and then God made sure
-She received her land back – plus seven years income!
God is an incredible rewarder to those who give to Him out of a grateful heart. But along with the principle we fing in Old Testament scriptures the principle that those who refuse to give miss out on God’s blessings.

Your legacy is not the wealth and riches you have. Live a life of substance. Giving your whole self for whatever you stand for. Your legacy is every life you touch. Feel everything with love because in every moment you are building your legacy. Touch a life today. God bless you.

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