Proverbs 11:23-25 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Greed encourages greed. It almost seems bewildering how often God shares with us how we should be willing to give, and give liberally.
In our verses today there are several comments pointed at the Christian, or the righteous such as; “the desire of the righteous is only good,” “there is that scattereth and yet increaseth,” “the liberal soul shall be made fat,” and “he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
We do know that within our self, we are not righteous, but that we are only made righteous. This took place when we put our faith in Jesus, and what He did for us on the cross. Now, because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us, our once dark, angry, greedy heart, has been turned into a life full of the light of the word, and filled with the love of Christ.
This love, which is now in us, is why God says that we as believers should desire to give. Love in itself is giving. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Love is always about giving. God doesn’t need our money. He doesn’t need what we’ve collected in our banks and lives to take care of everything in the world. What God does desire is our heart. It’s from the heart man either loves and gives, or becomes greedy.
Today’s verses also say that the wicked can expect wrath, and, they hold on to, or withhold everything, and still end up with nothing. Often the reason lost people choose not to give is that they see the world as a greedy place. They see others who are not willing to give to help one another, so they hoard everything, but end up with nothing. When we die, we take nothing of this earth with us. However, love will last forever.
In the New Testament, Jesus tells us the same principle again in Luke 6:38. It says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you…” Whom do you think we should believe, God or greed? I’ll choose God every time. How about you?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
1 Chronicles 1 – 3 / Proverbs 11:23-25
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2 Samuel 11 – 13 / Luke 24:1-35
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