PROVERBS DAY #11: GENEROUS PEOPLE PROSPER
“It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Prov. 11:24-25).
It is obvious that there is a big difference between worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. The wisdom of the world says, “Look out for number one! Get all you can, and hang onto it! Me first!” The wisdom from heaven says, “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving — large or small — it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” (Luke 6:38). The wisdom principles of the Kingdom of God are so contrary to the principles of the world, that they almost seem foolish on the surface, but they are not.
The Bible says that if you give freely, you will become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. That may not sound like it makes good economic sense, but it is the wisdom from the Word, and it works! The Bible principle of tithing doesn’t make sense to the natural mind: “Give God 10%, and your 90% will go further with God’s blessing on it, than you could do if you hang on to the whole 100%!” God’s wisdom says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). In other words, Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later.
The principle we see in this Proverb is that God blesses generous people. They are satisfied. When they refresh others, they are refreshed themselves. The Apostle Paul taught the same principles in the New Testament: “Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.” (Galatians 6:7-10).
So how can we put this word into practice in our lives? Be generous. Share with others what you have. Care for the poor. “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces.” (Prov. 3:9). When you do this, God will superabundantly bless you.
“If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, how much more true that the wicked and the sinner will get what they deserve!” (Prov. 11:31).
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER ELEVEN.
Pastor Chris Jordan