Today's reading: Proverbs 11:24
"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want" (Proverbs 11:24).
At first glance, Proverbs 11:24 doesn't seem logical. And it isn't if all you're taking into consideration is the math. But when you add God into the equation, it changes everything.
The truth of the matter is that God is the owner of everything. We are simply stewards of His possessions. So when we willingly and freely give back to God out of what we've been given by God, it pleases God and He blesses us. And that blessing can come in a variety of ways--sometimes financial, other times through a sense of peace in a difficult time or us seeing a life changed for eternity as a result of what we've given, and of course, through a joyful attitude and heart. Part of loving God is giving back to Him (giving at church, giving to ministries, supporting missions, helping people in need in our community), and when we choose to give back, we will be a "richer" person in and for God.
How has your giving blessed someone else (think of a specific example)? What impact does giving back to God have on you (attitude, mood, mindset)? How has giving back to God made you a "richer" person in and for Him? Tami
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