Proverbs 11:26-28 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
When I was young, I could hardly wait for my birthday or Christmas to come around. I just knew there were going to be presents wrapped just for me. Everyone seemed so happy seeing that I was happy in receiving the gifts too.
As I grew a little older I started to want to give presents to the people I liked. I didn’t always have a lot of money, but I always seemed to come up with something. After they had unwrapped the gift, my first question was, “Do you like it?” If they said yes, (which most people do,) I felt so good that my gift made them happy. However, at Christmas, I was still looking around for what everyone had brought for me as well.
Now as a grandparent who God has blessed beyond what I deserve, I still look forward to Christmas and birthdays. However, now I’m not so concerned with what presents they may have brought for me. My greatest joy is watching the grandchildren as they tear into those packages. I see their eyes light up, a scream of joy over here, a, “look mommy what I got” over there. To me, it’s not about the presents I receive any longer. I get such a kick out of bringing joy to their life by giving. In return, I get their love all year long.
You can’t wrap true love up in anything but the heart. God desired that we all should be able to experience that kind of unselfish joy, and happiness. This is why He teaches us about giving all year long. Then, as we give to others, not looking for anything in return, God gives to us His love through others, all year long.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
God’s economy makes much better sense than man’s does. In man’s economy, what you get you try to keep for yourself. In Gods economy, as you give to others what God has shared with you, you inherit the blessings of those around you as well. With God as the financier, how can we lose?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Chronicles 4 – 6 / Proverbs 11:26-28
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Samuel 14-15 / Luke 24:36-53
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