Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 19

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If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD—
      and he will repay you!
Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)

A month or so ago Wendy made an off-hand comment in the midst of a conversation. I can’t remember what we were talking about, but I remember the short comment she made. “You never regret giving,” was the gist of what she said and it stuck with me for the simple truth of it.

Throughout life there are many crossroad moments when the bills, the debts, and the stack of monthly payments seem overwhelming. The idea of giving a portion of my paycheck away to church, a friend in need, and/or a worthy charity suddenly seems ludicrous.

“My donation’s not much. It won’t really make a difference in the grand scheme of things.”
“I would feel better if I had a little more change in my pocket this month.”
“It’s my money anyway. Why should I give it away?”
“I can’t afford to be generous.”

But, I’m reminded of Wendy’s comment. In the end, I’ve never regretted writing that check or handing over that cash. We are so blessed and the act of giving is a regular reminder that it’s really not my money.  Giving is a way of counting my blessings, being thankful for all that I’ve been freely given, learning to be content, and consistently considering the needs of others rather than only thinking about myself.

Beyond that, I’ve experienced exactly what King Solomon was getting at in the proverb above. God always seems repay financial generosity (and does so with some very interesting examples of compounding spiritual interest).

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 19”

  1. I echo your comments, Tom. I would also add that God does amazing things with our time too. I have given much of my time over the years for service within the church body and have been very blessed by it. I am entering a place in my life, though, where I feel called to give time outside of the body. That is partly why we have announced that we are done with youth group. I want to be able to give both of my time and money to build the kingdom outside the walls of my church. God has really blessed that effort in the past few months and I want to continue!

  2.  3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
          and then are angry at the LORD.
    Wow did this verse hit home today. How often do we make poor choices which yield poor consequences and then blame somebody else? Pretty often in my observations. There are times where we blame God too. Let’s be accountable for our own actions people.

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