Issiaka Coulibaly: Increasing Closeness

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Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10

“God loves a cheerful giver. In other words, there is no blessing for those who give against their will. But God will give a harvest of blessing to those who give joyfully to his work. In fact, He is able to give them all that they need to face any and every situation…God will supply and multiply the seed and increase the fruits of righteousness for those who give generously. God gives to us so that we can share what He gives with others, and our harvest of righteousness is an increasing closeness to God that expresses itself in prayer and fasting, which remind us that He alone is the source of the blessings we enjoy.”

Issiaka Coulibaly in Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars, edited by Tokunboh Adeyemo (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006) 1433.

While I don’t know this scholar from Côte d’Ivoire, I appreciate his description of the harvest of righteousness. It’s an “increasing closeness to God that expresses itself in prayer and fasting.” Think about that.

In setting aside our desires and communing with Him regarding the deployment of His resources to the things He cares about we draw closer to Him. Let’s all give generously so that we can experience this.

And speaking of Côte d’Ivoire, the Francophone Africa regional campaign for GTP needs help. We are trying to raise $2,000 to strengthen stewards there. Could you consider prayerfully joining me in this effort and making a gift?