When I read Exodus, I sometimes am critical of the children of Israel. God does something amazing and then, just a few verses and in real-time days later, they’re whining about Him bringing them out of Egypt to die.
But today, in chapter 36, I was impressed with them. God has given instructions for the building of His dwelling among the people and they were asked to give.
And give they did.
They gave so much that they had to be told to stop.
I’ve been reading a lot lately about the idea of generosity. God and Money, by two Harvard MBAs, is a fascinating look at God’s teaching on money and how we can become a more generous people. Next, I read Richard Stearns’ book The Hole in Our Gospel, which highlights the fact that God has blessed us — particularly in America — that we might bless others. Christians in America alone have enough wealth that if we pooled our resources we could eradicate a lot of diseases, solve the water problems and hunger problems of much of the world, and still have money left over.
What if we gave until we were told what we had given was more than enough? My gifts may not make much of a difference on their own, but our collective gifts? I wonder how God could use those to bless others.