Wealth & Generosity – Pondering Proverbs 28:8

Pondering Proverbs 28:8
“Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit
gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.”

My take: God wants us to be generous to the poor; yet good stewards. Afterall, let’s remind each other it ALL originates from the Creator. This passage isnt an either but a BOTH. There are three types of money; fake, bad and good. Money makes a good person better and a bad one worse while some just pretend.

If we squeeze tight around what we do have there is no room to add more.

If we are slack, there is no way to gather.

However, if we have an open cup around what we have, good can flow in and out.

Like the Tithe and giving, God says, “Test Me”.

Action words: gathers, generous, poor

My prayer: Good God, help me to be more generous and create additional opportunities to give and thus receive Your abundance and blessings.

Pondering Proverbs 14:35 – Dealing Wisely

Pondering Proverbs 14:35 (Nov 14)
“A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.”

My take: Now we don’t have many kings these days but we certainly have bosses, managers, owners, and customers we deal with. The best leaders and workers are one’s who serve and look 1st as what they can give rather than get. Certainly Jesus is the pinnacle of this in action. Yet those who think and thus act shamefully reap wrath and bring upon themselves loss. As an owner of s small business, I have witnessed this more than one too many times and seeing it play out once again. Trust takes a while to establish but it can be lost in a heartbeat.

Action words: deals wisely, acts shamefully, wrath falls

Key word: favor [fey-ver]
noun

  1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act:
  2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  3. the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
  4. excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
  5. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
  6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
  7. a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.

My prayer: Lord, lets us look to you for the best example of a servant lifestyle. I thank you for your longsuffering and tremendous grace. Help me to make the most of my time, talent and treasure so that You find room for favor and avoid dispensing wrath.

Consider your ways!

Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”

Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Consider your ways!

“You have sown much, and bring in little;

You eat, but do not have enough;

You drink, but you are not filled with drink;

You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;

And he who earns wages,

Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD.

“You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.

Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

Haggai 1:3-11

Today, God’s Spirit dwells in Christ loving hearts beyond the confines of His temple. He says it twice in this brief passage, “Consider your ways!”. Both times with the explanation mark!

There is an important lesson to heed here. A primary purpose of our creation have a relationship, to live a life in which God takes pleasure in while being glorified.

When we allow that supernatural process to occur, His nature is to bless that for He is good.

If we ignore Him, if we shun Him, if we are unrepentant, if we live in gross filth, debauchery, lewdness and immorality the consequence is depravity and emptiness as clearly explained in the vernacular of those ancient days.

Times have changed but God’s perfect core shall never change.

Therefore, God calls us to love Him with ALL of heart, soul, mind and strength as commandment #1 and then love others as #2. Loving ourselves is expected and natural. When we get the first two right, the third will be healthy.

I am third for givers gain.

So reader of this – Consider your ways!