Reading Proverbs 3:1-35
Generosity in action is a beautiful thing, in this chapter we read of God’s continued generosity. God gives faithfully to those who listen to him (vs 3), and a full life (vs 2) to those who store up the treasures of his word. To those who commit their ways to him he makes their paths straight (vs 6) To those who seek his wisdom and understanding he gives something more precious than rubies, something more profitable than gold, he gives understanding and peace (vs 13-16). Once barred from the ‘tree of life’ (Genesis 3:22-24), verse 18 tells us that those who listen to God even find their way home to the garden again! God’s generosity is beautiful!
Listening to his word, seeking his wisdom leads us to the greatest gift of all, his Son the embodiment of God’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) …. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
How should we respond to God’s generosity? By being generous, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”– when you now have it with you.” ( vs 27-28) I’m pretty certain that today we will have opportunities to be generous, generous with our time, resources, love and our forgiveness. Today, let’s actively seek them out!
Jesus said …
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? …. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:27-32,35-36 NIV 1984)
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”– when you now have it with you.
Father, thank you for your great and continued generosity! You are the author of every good gift. I am so grateful. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for rescuing me. Please help me today to be generous to those around me, to love unselfishly, give unstintingly and generously. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me and live at peace with those around me. You have opened your doors to me, help me to open my doors to others. Amen!
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