Some of the ways that God meets needs are big and dramatic, like the ways God used Joseph, Esther, and Nehemiah in His plan for His people. And some of the ways that He mulitplies what little we have to offer, like the widow and the feeding of the 5000, are truly miraculous. And when God meets certain needs through His divine hand and through Jesus our Messiah, we know that these provisions cannot be equaled by anything else.
And then there are the more ordinary kinds of needs met in the more ordinary kinds of ways.
What seems small to us here on earth though may cause angels to rejoice in heaven. (Like the story of widow who gave two small coins to the temple treasury in Luke 21.)
We may not feel like a puzzle piece fitting perfectly into a specially designed place for us within God's big picture. We may feel that we are plugging away at what seems to be relatively insignificant. But I believe that God is pleased when He sees His people being faithful and generous in small ways, and sees them seeking glory not for themselves, but for Him alone.
God is not impressed with the size of the gift we bring, but He is interested in the heart of the giver.
This morning I was reading the passage in Exodus 35-36 about the building of the Tent of Meeting under Moses. Some people were gifted with skill, ability, and knowledge of all kinds of crafts; some were gifted in knowing how to carry out the work; and others were gifted in teaching artistic skills to others. All of these people came together to do the work that God had commanded, and the rest of the people brought in the supplies that were needed.
This is one time when the Israelites got it right!
"Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: 'No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.' And so the people were restrained from bringing more because what they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work." (Exodus 36: 6-7)
The Body was working in the way God intended. The needs for building the Tent of Meeting were met, not by a miraculous way, but by everyone giving what they had...in special abilities and in needed resources. And what they had to offer was more than enough!
What is God asking us to give to Him, from our abilities and from our resources?
What needs has He impressed upon our hearts and has He prepared specifically for us?
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: 'He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.' Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
May we be willing to be used in the more "ordinary" kinds of ways that God meets needs, as we look to Him as our supplier and the giver of all grace. May His generosity flow through us, and result in thanksgiving to God!