Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
“Let what has been said suffice to prove that nothing exists without reason and intelligence, and that reason itself and providence are of God. It is He who has also distributed the metals, as gold, silver, copper, and the rest, in due proportion; ordaining an abundant supply of those which would be most needed and generally employed, while he dispensed those which serve the purposes merely of pleasure in adornment of luxury with a liberal and yet a sparing hand, holding a mean between parsimony and profusion. For the searchers for metals, were those which are employed for ornament procured in equal abundance with the rest, would be impelled by avarice to despise and neglect to gather those which, like iron or copper, are serviceable for husbandry, or house-building, or the equipment of ships; and would care for those only which conduce to luxury and a superfluous excess of wealth. Hence it is, as they say, that the search for gold and silver is far more difficult and laborious than that for any other metals, the violence of the toil thus acting as a counterpoise to the violence of the desire. And how many instances might still further be enumerated of the workings of that Divine Providence which, in all the gifts which it has so unsparingly conferred upon us, plainly urges us to the practice of self-control and all other virtues, and leads us away from unbefitting covetousness! To trace the secret reasons of all these things is indeed a task which exceeds the power of human faculties. For how can the intellect of a frail and perishable being arrive at the knowledge of perfect truth, or apprehend in its purity the counsel of God from the beginning?”
Eusebius Pamphilius (263-339) in The Oration of Constantine, Chapter VIII. “That God bestows an Abundant Supply of whatever is suited to the Wants of Man, and ministers but sparingly to his Pleasures; in Both Cases with a View to his Advantage.”
In this excerpt we discover that God’s providence supplies for the needs of humankind while ministering sparingly to our pleasures lest “unbefitting covetousness” destroy us and cause us only to seek only after that which can make us wealthy.
What’s this profound truth have to do with generosity?
In plain terms, God’s ways are not ours. His desires for us are for everyone’s good, while we tend to seek after only our own good. He wants us to procure all He supplies with “equal abundance” so that we become both productive and generous.
Only as we mature, do we find that we give nothing but what God has already given us. When we grow as productive servants, we discover that we are not really givers, but rather, distributors of His abundant supply.
The wisdom of God shows us that in His abundant economy all things are from Him, through Him, and for Him. We are not the center of the universe, He is. How should we then live (and give) as a result?
Let us make the risen Savior the center of our lives, not the acquisition of wealth. The former will position us for a generous living with all He abundantly supplies. The latter will destroy us. And there’s no middle option.
kurios M email@example.com
<저작권자 © 큐리오스엠, 무단 전재 및 재배포 금지>