|Today's Verse from the New Living Translation|
"The people who had moved to Judah from Israel, and the people of Judah themselves, brought in the tithes of their cattle, sheep, and goats and a tithe of the things that had been dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them up in great heaps. They began piling them up in late spring, and the heaps continued to grow until early autumn. When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw these huge piles, they thanked the LORD and his people Israel!
'Where did all this come from?' Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites.
And Azariah the high priest, from the family of Zadok, replied, 'Since the people began bringing their gifts to the LORD's Temple, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare. The LORD has blessed his people, and all this is left over.'"
—2 Chronicles 31:6–10
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|Encouragement for Today|
God's economy does not depend on human markets. It depends on his people acting faithfully. Note well it was the people's acts of giving that led to "enough to eat and plenty to spare." If you've been tempted to quit giving due to financial stress, don't! In faith, give of whatever God is giving to you, and watch him bless. His blessing brings "enough to eat and plenty to spare." Operate on God's economy, not the world's.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions