I’m just having one more go at the Proverbs that teach and encourage us in the use of our finances and resources. It is a theme that continues to be very relevant for us at present. Generosity is a characteristic of the nature of our heavenly Father. Another word for it is grace. Generosity is to characterise our life at every life stage. It’s one attitude and action that disinfects us from potential selfishness and is an expression of holiness.
Generosity is also one of the factors that determine our own financial security.
One man gives freely, yet gains even more.
Another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others
will himself be refreshed.
People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing
crowns him who is willing to sell. – Proverbs 11:24-26
In our creation of wealth and resources, it is generally assumed that giving something away decreases our net worth. Paradoxically in Gods economy, it is the refusal to be generous and give, that can cause us to experience poverty.
A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. – Proverbs 28:22
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them, receives many curses. – Proverbs 28:27
Times of difficulty and uncertainty tends to make us more careful with our resources– and that’s ok. However, our Heavenly Father continues to be gracious and generous towards us, often in unexpected ways. Can we be any less giving and generous, especially to people around us who are feeling the pinch?
Father, there are times when we feel overwhelmed by your goodness and bounty toward us. We praise and thank you for every blessing and gift.
Continue to open our eyes to people around us who are in need. May your Spirit of generosity continue to make us generous.
We pray for our families and friends in Melbourne. Give them an extra measure of grace to cope at this time, to educate their children at home and to adjust to changed work patterns.
We pray for the nation of Lebanon at this very difficult time.
May the Christians in that country powerfully show the love and compassion of Jesus and shine like light in the darkness.
In Jesus Name, AMEN
SONG: The Servant Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmgpMfnjdU)