Proverbs 19:17-20 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
“Feed the Hungry,” “Help the Children,” “Starving in Africa.” Every day it seems there is a new relief program for some people group somewhere in the world. People on TV, Radio, in your mail, and e-mail are all asking for help for these starving and hurting people. They are all telling the truth about these people, they do need help. However, millions of people daily, within our own countries are also starving and homeless.
It’s never a bad idea for anyone to help others in any part of the world. Nevertheless, I’m afraid for most people, when they put a dollar in an envelope to feed a stranger; they miss out on the maximum blessings.
If God returns to us exactly what we give to the poor and needy, even with the right heart motive, what can you expect from a dollar? I guess you could expect a dollar from God!
What if you were to put your arms around someone and would show them some love? If God returned to you exactly what you gave, what could you expect back from God? LOVE!
What do you think might happen if you took a little time out of your schedule to donate it to a local shelter for the homeless? If you donate time, what would you get back? TIME.
How about if you spent a little time praying for someone in need. What should you get in return? You should get someone lifting you up to the attentive ear of God with your needs.
For a dollar, a dollar. For time – precious time. For prayer – sweet intercession with God. For Love – the love of, and from God in return. What would you rather have…? A dollar?
Spend time with God today and ask Him how you might be able to be a benefit to those who are a little less fortunate than you are right now. My mom would say, “But by the grace of God there go I.” We never know; it could very well be us one day.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Jeremiah 1 – 4 / Proverbs 19:17-20
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 27-32 / Rom. 2
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