Book: Proverbs 22
“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”
Often at the end of a letter or an e-mail I will sign off with the words, “Blessed to bless others”. This refers back to Genesis 12 where the Lord communicates to Abram His plan for him to leave his country and go to a new one that he has never seen before. The Lord says in verse 2, “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” We have been given to so that we can give to others.
This morning I was meditating on Acts 20:33-35. Paul shares how he has worked hard with his own hands not only to provide for himself but also that he would be able to help those in need. Those listening to him speak knew this was true. Then Paul reminds them what Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” This beatitude is not clumped in with the other ones found in Matthew 5 in fact this is the only record we have of Jesus saying it.
This theme is repeated over and over again in scripture. Deuteronomy 15:10-11 it says, “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do. There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.” As I read these verses I wonder if there has always been and always will be those in need so that we Kingdom builders will always be able to be blessed by being generous?
Psalm 37:21 adds another dimension to this thought. It says, “The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.” God wants us to be able to be generous givers of what He is giving us so that we can keep receiving and giving. The opposite is one who takes, and takes, and takes but never generous to give of themselves. The resources God had intended to flow to others ends up stopping. Why would God give further resources if the ones receiving it do not do what He desires them to do and that is to be generous givers?
Take time before the Lord to consider all that He has given and blessed you with. How have you been blessed? How are you using your blessings to bless others generously? Ask the Lord what He wants you to do and do it cheerfully as worship unto Him!