“One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor” (Proverbs 11:24 HCSB).


Generosity is a blessing both to the recipient and to the giver. But misers are miserable. This is a spiritual principle that reverberates in the physical world, although its effect is often slow to see. The wealth of the generous is paid in dividends that include more than money. For the giver experiences the joy of the Lord. They trust in God to supply their need. But the stingy live in a world of limited resources where fear and hoarding reside. They have possessions, but can’t enjoy them. And eventually, even what they have is lost. For those who invest in this world, lose everything.
Generosity is the antidote to greed. It breaks the grip of materialism and sets the believer free to trust God for all things. As the apostle Paul reasoned, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).
PRAYER: Dear Father, we thank you for you have given us all things in Christ Jesus. We therefore ask that you supply our need, so that we may give freely as you have given to us freely. Make us a channel of blessing. In Jesus’ name, amen.