The Proof is in the Receipt


When you need to return an item to the store, usually the customer service agent asks, “Do you have your receipt?” to show your proof of purchase. Now, the term “receipts” has also made it into the urban dictionary as modern day lingo.

When two people are discussing a problem and one does not believe the other, he or she may reply, “Hey, I have all the receipts”, to show evidence that the person is telling the truth. During these unprecedented times of COVID-19 where so many are suffering from illness and poverty, many may be asking for their receipt from God wondering, “Where is the proof of his spirit?”.

Romans 1: 19-20 (English Standard Version) states, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.    For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse”.  Even though you may not have a piece of paper or an email reflecting how much you have received from God, his receipts are everywhere. From major victories, such as Angelina Friedman, who experienced the Influenza Pandemic in 1918,
survived cancer, and was diagnosed with Coronavirus at 101 years of age. With the help of medical professionals and grace and mercy, she was able to recover from COVID-19. To even the smallest of things, such as spending more time with your family during this quarantine time. This gives us all an opportunity to realize the importance of quality experiences with the closest people to us.

As God’s receipts are evident in our lives, you may be thinking, “Will he ask for proof or receipts from us?” Keep your receipts of all the good you have done but when you need to pray and ask for his help, his return policy does not need receipts. Just understand God forgives us and help us even when our receipts do not match our actions. Keep the faith and stay safe!

English standard version. Biblica, Accessed 26 May 2020.

Hughes, Mallory. “Meet the 101-year-old who was born on a ship during the 1918 flu pandemic and just beat coronavirus” CNN, 28 April 2020.

Keeper Tax. “Tax myth: You must keep paper receipts.” 26 May 2020.