19 Jan Favorably Disposed
“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for” Exodus 12:35-36
God’s plan to provide for the Children of Israel involved asking, but it’s wasn’t just asking. God worked in the Egyptians’ hearts to make them favorably disposed toward Israel. Asking and giving is a divine-human cooperative. As the asker, we must present the need and ask – but God must work in the hearts of your donors to prompt them to respond.
After 400 years of slavery Israel had nothing. God instructed Moses, “when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters” (Exodus 3:21-22). Later, God would ask the Israelites to be generous with what they had received to build the Tabernacle.
The Children of Israel could have just taken what they wanted out of a sense of entitlement that their captors owed them for generations of work, but they weren’t rude or demanding. They simply asked. A major donor shared that a ministry representative once told him, “You have this big house and a lot of money, you ought to give to our project.” Do not equate the courage to ask boldly with rudeness or presumption. God knows your need and if he chooses, he can move in your donor’s heart to meet your need. Ask by faith with confidence and leave the results with God.
Ron Haas, current Vice President for The Timothy Group has also served the Lord as a pastor, the vice president of advancement of a Bible college, a Christian foundation director, a board member and a fundraising consultant. He’s authored two books: Ask for a Fish – Bold Faith-Based Fundraising and Simply Share – Bold, Grace-Based Giving. He regularly presents fundraising workshops at ministry conferences and has written fundraising articles for At the Center magazine and Christian Leadership Alliance’s Outcomes magazine.