Proverbs 11:24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
Here is a wonderfully concise explanation of the provision of God in his Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is based in the reality of “abundance” in which, though we give generously to God for the sake of others, there is always enough for our own needs. Conversely, “scarcity” is when we withhold from God out of fear of not having enough for our own needs, only to find ourselves struggling anyway.
One part of the passage particularly stuck out for me:
v.24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more
Some English translations replace “gains even more” with “gets rich”. I think the translation as presented here is more accurate. The meaning of the Hebrew is that people who give generously will find their available resources for giving are increased. This does NOT mean that a generous person will go from rags to riches. This is not God’s get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a simple principal of God’s Kingdom that generosity to others tends to result in generosity from God.
Well, that’s a good question. We know that God the Father has all the resources of the world at his disposal. We know that God wants to provide for all his children – and a key vehicle for doing so is through other people. People like you and me, though we may be far from “rich” in our own eyes.
What my experience tells me is that a generous people tend to find their available resources grow rather than shrink. It’s as if, once God identifies an open channel of provision for the sake of others, he sends increasing resources to that open channel. Such a generous person reflects the character of a generous God and can be trusted with resources because such persons won’t hoard them, but pass a healthy portion on to others.
Let me ask you, are you struggling with resources? Are you finding it hard to meet the needs of you and your family? You are not alone sister/brother. Many people struggle today, even in a so-called improving economy.
If you are holding back giving because you’re afraid you won’t have enough left over – only to find you don’t have enough left over anyway – maybe it’s time to try a different plan. What if you were to test God in his abundance? What if you were to increase your giving to others via the church, a non-profit, or other source that supports those in need? See if God’s plan is for real – if the plan you’re on now isn’t working out.
God’s plan works. Every time. All the time. Grow in your giving to others and watch provision come to you in ways you could never have expected or imagined. Doesn’t mean you’re going to be wealthy, but you will find your needs being met – and more. Seriously.
Heavenly Father, the provision of your Kingdom is almost too good to be true. I don’t know why the church seems to keep this a secret. Perhaps it’s because too many of us in the church don’t believe it either. I pray in Jesus’ name that you would come to the aid of your children who are struggling right now. Give us grace to be generous with others, trusting that you will provide for our needs – and more. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness in this as in all things. Amen.