The desire of the righteous ends only in good,Proverbs 11:23-25
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
I love the Word of God. The Bible is loaded with encouragement and challenge for my benefit. I need to come to Scripture with a humble, prayerful attitude to find what God wants. I think it is too easy to bring my own view or experience and misinterpret Scripture.
Verse 23 tells us, “The desire of the righteous ends only in good.” I fear that Christians sometimes assume our desires are always good. We need to live righteously as God describes in His Word. We can only do that if we go to God’s word with a humble heart.
I chose verse 24 for my picture, because I think it gives an interesting idea. Too often after giving we feel depleted. I get it – I have been there. Unfortunately, some people decide to take too much and drain resources. If more of us chose to give freely, I think our resources would multiply instead of just subtracting.
Each of us needs to obey Scripture and encourage others to do the same. Imagine the blessing and enrichment we will see.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the words You have given us. Please help me to give as You intend according to the righteousness in Your Word. Please help me to be an example of righteous giving so others would join me in that endeavor. I want more to see the beauty of the blessing You give.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.