Daily D – Proverbs 11:24-26
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells in time of need. PROVERBS 11:24-26 (NLT)
This is a good time not to look at your retirement portfolio. The shutdown of the world economy has taken a toll on investments of all kinds. It will take years to repair the damage.
A man who earned abundant wealth and also lived generously suffered a serious financial setback. When asked if he regretted giving away so much, he responded by saying that he did not lose a thing he had given away.
There are different kinds of blessings accompanying generosity. God blesses us with resources and asks us to bless others with what he provides. He blesses those with generous hearts with more so that they can live even more generously.
Generosity begets generosity. A few of the financial titans of our day are investing significant wealth into finding a cure for our current plague and a vaccine to prevent it in the future. Others are following their lead. This is good.
Giving Tuesday two days ago saw over forty million dollars given to charity in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. Half of that went to COVID-19 related needs. This is good.
Today is a good day to thank God for his generosity toward us. It is a good day to live generously. It is a good day to refresh others. Come to think of it, every day is a good day to work on forming these habits.
I will live generously.
Our Father, you have been abundantly generous with me. Make me an ever-more generous man. Empower me to live with an open hand. Deliver me from stinginess and hoarding. Use me to make things possible for others that would not be realized otherwise. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.