Our Daily Bread Devotional

Generosity and Joy || Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB Devotional ||

Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB Devotional || Generosity and Joy

Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB Devotional || Generosity and Joy

Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB Devotional || Generosity and Joy

DAILY BREAD DEVOTION OF THE DAY 8TH JUNE 2022 – Read today’s Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB devotional titled Generosity and Joy for our spiritual daily bread for growth and development today.

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TOPIC: Generosity and Joy

Our Daily Bread 8th June 2022 ODB Devotional || Bible Verse:

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. – 1 Chronicles 29:9

Our Daily Bread 8 June 2022 ODB Devotional || Today’s Scripture: 1 Chronicles 29:1–9

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Researchers tell us there’s a link between generosity and joy: those who give their money and time to others are happier than those who don’t. This has led one psychologist to conclude, “Let’s stop thinking about giving as a moral obligation, and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure.”

While giving can make us happy, I question whether happiness should be the goal. If we’re only generous to people or causes that make us feel good, what about the more difficult or mundane needs requiring our support?

Scripture links generosity with joy too, but on a different basis. After giving his own wealth toward building the temple, King David invited the Israelites to also donate (1 Chronicles 29:1–5). The people responded generously, giving gold, silver, and precious stones joyously (vv. 6–8). But notice what their joy was over: “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord” (v. 9, italics added). Scripture never tells us to give because it will make us happy but to give willingly and wholeheartedly to meet a need. Joy often follows.

As missionaries know, it can be easier to raise funds for evangelism than for administration because believers in Jesus like the feeling of funding frontline work. Let’s be generous toward other needs as well. After all, Jesus freely gave Himself to meet our needs (2 Corinthians 8:9). By:  Sheridan Voysey

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 30–31, John 18:1–18

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