Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Proverbs 19:17 -- On Lending to the Lord

"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."
Proverbs 19:17

I really love this verse.  It is similar to Matthew 25:40, 45 and has the same idea that if we watch over and take care of the people around us, that we are symbolically helping God.
Often, when we are asked to donate money or time to a worthy cause or individual in need, we think of it in terms of what we will lose... how much we can afford and still have enough for what we want. :)  That's normal... and we should keep our finances in order and fulfil financial obligations, for sure.  But think for a moment if we stopped looking at it in terms of what we were losing and instead thought about it in terms of what we could gain, by offering it to the Lord.  Not that we should turn charitable giving into "what's in it for me," but more mixed with the idea of sacrificing for God.  The same idea as tithing or living any commandment.  We do it, in some ways at least, because of the blessings we know will come as we are obedient.  We trust that God will bless us with peace, that we will feel closer to the spirit, that we'll learn more and feel more resilient when trouble comes.
If we loan something to God, and he is the one to pay us back... what kind of amazing repayment plan will that be?  I don't think anything else we could possibly do with our money could *possibly* give a better return on our investment.  No matter what form that loan comes back to us, we know it will be the perfect thing for us, with perfect timing.  Today, let's take advantage of this amazing investment opportunity. :)  Let's give and give, loaning all we can to the Lord... knowing that he will grant us whatever form of wealth we need in return. 

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