MAY 3rd 2016 Great Generosity!


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)

For memorisation:

Proverbs 3:27-28
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.

Prayer

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!

Comments:

  • Douglas Prentice says:

    Generosity of time is often scant. There can be a tendency to give generously financially or materially, whereas there are folk who are desperate for someone just to spend time with them-not clock watching but attentive. God always has time for us whenever, wherever…

  • Douglas Prentice says:

    One significant aspect of generosity that is often squeezed is that of time. Time is important to us all. We can be generous financially or with material goods, but so often there are folk longing for someone not to clock watch, but just to listen

  • Angela Walton says:

    Hi Andy. When Dan was staying with us at the weekend he shared that you are doing an interactive bible study on Proverbs in May as there are 31 chapters and 31 days in May. I was challenged by this as in January I planned to read Proverbs every day but only read one chapter as felt I needed some study notes to help but I didn’t buy any and soon forgot. I hope it is ok to join you and members of Welcome in this walk for the month as it has challenged me to spend more time with God and look at His word whilst using your study notes!
    May God bless you as you prepare each day. Kind regards Angela Walton (Laura’s mum!)

  • The Dudemaster says:

    The memory verse is a real challenge. How often have we walked by when we could have done something about someone’s situation. The verse should remind us to ask God when faced with a difficult challenge as to what He would have us do when the answer may not be so obvious. He will always answer if you are ready to listen

  • Dan and Laura says:

    We were saying at how easy it is to be unconsciously selfish in today’s world!! We really do need to listen to Proverbs 3 and what Jesus said in Luke, and remember these on a day-to-day basis!

  • Michelle Butler says:

    I really connected with verse 7&8. Be not wise in your own eyes. Seeking God’s wisdom and direction brings health to your nerves, marrow and sinews. When I try to control things myself it makes me very anxious (nerves), I get fatigued (marrow, bones and sinews) but when I give up all control to God I instantly become calm again, re-energised, focuses and sleep better. Praise God for his wisdom and generosity.



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