In this lab, John Piper reminds us that we do not trust God with our lives like we should when we do not trust him with our wallets.
Some questions to ask as you read and study [2 Corinthians 9:6–11]:
- Do you trust God with your money? Do you give cheerfully? Why or why not?
- Why do you think God loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:6–11)?
- At this, the beginning of the new year, how can you plan on giving in such a way that reflects trust in God?
Principle for Bible Reading
Bible Study by Faith
How can you walk by faith when your Bible is open before you, but your mind wanders and your heart is distracted?
- Admit that you need God’s help to focus and be engaged. It might be helpful to cast all present anxieties on him before you begin your study (1 Peter 5:6–7).
- Pray for help to not only understand God’s word, but to be obedient to it (James 1:22).
- Trust a specific promise. In this case, Paul’s words to Timothy may be helpful: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything” (2 Timothy 2:7).
- Act by prayerfully reading, pondering, and meditating on truth.
- Thank God for his word and for meeting you, whether you feel like it was especially rich or not.