Faithfulness in offerings, even in difficult times

2 Kings 4:42-44

This Elisha’s story focuses on his miracle of multiplying the 20 bread loaves and new grain to feed a hundred prophets. But even more impressive is the story of the man from Baal Shalisha, who gave his first fruit offering to Elisha in the time of famine in the land. 

The man could indeed have witheld in excuse of the famine but remained faithful. While this story doesn’t tell us more about what happened to him, we know what impact his faithfulness had on God’s people. 

Worth keeping in mind when life gets tough and we’re considering witholding our tithes/offerings/first-fruits from God. God is not mocked; we will ALWAYS harvest what we plant – Gal 6:7.

2 Cor 9:6-10:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,”

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