Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
It sounds a little crazy, this invitation to “Test God.” In fact, Malachi 3:10 is the only place in the Bible God invites us to “test Him on this” or anything else.
And it’s certainly human nature to want to hold back when we feel called to give generously. After all, what if something unexpected happens down the road and we have a financial need?
God sends a 4-year-old
What I have found is that when God guides your heart to give, He will always provide. But that provision rarely comes the way we expect.
For example, last winter, the shelves in our food pantry were getting bare. We were serving more than 2,000 meals a month. We put the word out and trusted God to provide.
And God sent a 4-year-old. Not a big foundation, but a little preschooler who felt called to collect food to feed our kids. Little Lewis and his mom brought in more than 500 food items and his mission to help others inspired a wave of food donations.
The Camper Cavalry
The same goes for our campus. Randy Speicher and his small staff have to keep up a campus with 64 acres and 19 buildings. Something is always wearing out, breaking, or there’s always more grass in need of mowing! But twice a year, a caravan of RVs from Kentucky shows up in our driveway, like a camper Cavalry, riding to the rescue.
The KY Campers on Mission work so hard while they are here. So it touched me deeply this week when I found the note below, along with a financial donation for our ministry. It came from campers who had already given us so much of their time and labor, and then God led them to give more.
How about you? Are you trusting God to provide? Or are you holding back, afraid to give freely? I encourage you to test God by listening to where He guides your heart to give, and then trusting in Him to provide for your needs.
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