> Daily Devotions by Ron Newhouse
by RON NEWHOUSE
July 4, 2012
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. (Mark 12:42 NRSV)
or this poor widow there was no Social Security, no pension, no monthly check she would be receiving now that her husband was gone. Widows were quite vulnerable. Jesus even indicated her poverty, when he said that those two coins were all she had. If indeed, she did give all she had, she must have done it trusting that God would provide her with her daily bread. That's a tremendous amount of trust.
Some of you may have read George S. Clason's book, THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON. The most important teaching in Clason's book is that the person wanting to be rich should give away ten percent of everything he or she earns. Why? According to Clason there are some deep subconscious, psychological principles.
The first is that you should put back what you take out. The second is that the act of giving ten percent creates value for yourself and others. But I was drawn to his third reason for giving ten percent away. When we do that, according to Clason, it says to the world and to our own subconscious mind that there is more than enough, that we expect life to keep providing what we need.
This poor widow trusted that there was more than enough in God's storehouse and that God would provide. That's the kind of trust we need to have.
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