Proverbs 11:25 (KJV) “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
God’s economy is not like that of the world. Though it may seem contradictory, when we help others, we will be helped ourselves. Don’t be afraid to be generous with your time, talent and treasure. The Bible tells us that God prospers charitable people.
From: Faith Seeds, volume one
Devotional Thoughts to Spark Your Spiritual Growth by Jaye E. Seay
It’s hard enough in today’s economy to stay level-headed when you don’t know if you are going to get 40 hours for that week or if there is going to be enough money to pay bills, put food on the table and fix the car that is broken down in the driveway. It’s even harder to face your children (if you have some of course) and tell them everything is going to be okay even though in the back of your mind you can’t trust your own words. The devotion written in the beginning of this post I found from an e-book I downloaded yesterday. It hit home for me. When you ask God a question and He gives you an answer you think, “Ok, God says yes so it’s going to be ok.” Then, everything comes tumbling down around you. Your hours get cut back or a pay cut is in your future. You all of a sudden have extra bills now or the vehicle you are driving breaks down – but you need it running because it has to get you to work to make the money you need to pay for all of this.
Let me remind you of something… if you put it before God – and HE – gave you the answer of “yes”… then why are you worrying? Don’t get me wrong, God says to be smart financially. Blowing $xxx.xx on furniture when it could have paid off some debt is probably not the best decision in how to use God’s money. However, if you are using God’s money as it should be used and paying your tithe/bills/needs/debt accordingly as God commands us to then you have nothing to worry about. God will provide as He promised. If you didn’t put something before God before you did it – you might want to begin praying about it now 🙂 The hardest thing for me to deal with is money. I have this urgency to prepare for the future – stuffing away every dollar bill earned into a savings account and getting 100% out of debt. (I have a fear from previously having $20,000 on credit cards). I have had to learn to lean on God. A true test of faith is doing even though you don’t understand. I know someone who was called to give something near and dear to their heart. A built up 91 mustang worth $8,000 was this persons dream car. After finally obtaining this dream car – God told this person to give it away. And they did it! What an example this person as set for so many people down the road – because this story will travel with the car. I know… you are sitting here saying “I would not have done that… I would have kept it!” But let me reiterate – when God speaks… YOU DO! The verse in the beginning of this blog refers to God blessing those that are charitable. His word never fails. If you give out of a PURE heart and because HE told you to – then you will be blessed. You should never give EXPECTING to receive something in return. Then it’s not really giving – you are expecting payment. My purpose in telling you about this person is so you could have an understanding of a tangible item and its monetary value. The bigger the act of obedience and giving – the bigger the blessing – BUT also the bigger the attack. See, when we do something God tells us to do satan is on the other end. The more you are attacked, the more you can guarantee you are doing what GOD wants you to do… otherwise why would satan even waste his time? If you were doing something that supported satan’s plan he would not have to waste time on you!
Keep your head up if you are someone who fits in this category. Hold tight to Proverbs 11:25. Here is the verse in a few other translations if King James is not your style 🙂
Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 (The Message)
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Proverbs 11:25 (New King James Version)
25 The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.