“The Richest Man in Babylon” by George Clason has been a popular book about success. The most important teaching in Clason’s book is that the person wanting to be rich should give away ten percent of everything he earns. Why? According to Clason, there are some deep subconscious, psychological principles at work.
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 for us in life……that we expect life to keep providing whatever we need up ahead.
The poor widow that Jesus points out in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 12:41-44) had never read The Richest Man in Babylon, but she must have trusted that there was more than enough in the Father’s storehouse and that he would provide for her….
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”
Thanks to King Duncan
That kind of trust, that kind of confidence, that kind of hope is pleasing to God.
What kind of trust, confidence and hope do YOU have that God will always provide for you?
Please take a few minutes to check out the beginning of my new book – THE GATHERING. I think you will enjoy reading it……