One of the first lessons my sweetheart granddaughter learned at home and at preschool was ‘to share’. She once came home and said ‘Papa, papa, papa, Miss Gina says “I should share my toys with baby Carter”.’ She has learned a bit of wisdom at an early age. When we covet or try desperately to hold onto to riches, without demonstrating generosity, we will suffer for it. Our trust can move from God who provides to the thing He provided. And that’s not His intention. Solomon reminds us that when we ‘scatter’ or ‘sell grain’, God sees and will bless us. Let’s remember to be generous, with loose hands, ready to share what God has first given to us!
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in poverty.
A generous person will be prosperous, and one who gives others plenty of water will himself be given plenty.
One who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. Proverbs 11:24-26
Am I a person God can trust with earthly riches? What about spiritual riches?
God, as this day begins- I confess the temptation to put trust in fleeting riches, a growing bank account, appreciating home value, regular income, etc. Today, I pause to thank You and recognize You give even the ability to produce wealth, so that I might be generous on every occasion. Help me be more and more like You in this way.