I would like to start this blog post by mentioning the following scripture.
Psalms 41:1-3 (KJV) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness
I read this scripture yesterday and it truly refreshed my heart because of the blessings that comes to the child of God who gives to the needy. As you would notice, I highlighted the salient points from the verse in bold and it has taken up almost the entire 3 verses – that is just wonderful!
By simply giving to the poor, look what comes our way; God delivers us from our troubles and our enemies, the Lord preserves our life, we will be blessed on Earth and if we are on a bed of sickness, He would tend to us and raise us up again. All this, and I do mean ALL THIS, comes our way by us Considering the poor.
Considering the poor and the less fortunate around us is analogous to us directly considering God Himself, for His word says:
Proverbs 19:17 (NIV) Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
No wonder all those aforementioned blessing comes our way! Giving to the poor is like putting money directly in the hands of God. Do not think you are only giving into Earthly hands, but know that you are also placing your gifts directly into the hand of God as well. God is debtor to no man, so He must repay our giving, and this repayment can clearly be seen in Psalms 41.
But for us to activate this blessing we have to activate our giving. The principle of Living for God is giving for God and giving to God. Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that giving starts with the amount of money in your bank account, this is a misconception.
Giving starts with love and love which brings us to a place of care and consideration for others. Once these attributes are within us then giving comes easy irrespective of our present financial state. Examples of this would be the early Church in Acts (Acts 2:42-47) , the Widows Offering (Mark 12:41-44), and the Macedonian Church who gave when they were extremely poor and undergoing serious trials (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
The Corona Virus has placed us in a similar situation to the early Macedonian church in terms of financial challenges and trials. But thank God we have a model to follow and in times like these givers must step up and givers must be birthed.
I encourage everyone to truly consider those in need among us, and by consider I do not mean to give only when someone asks (Reactive Giving). But instead lets practice Proactive Giving by actively scanning our environment and seeking out those we can stretch our hands to.
Giving is a concept which always comes full circle, it abundantly comes back to the giver in order for them to possess more for the purpose of continual sharing/giving.
My prayer today is that all of us become Proactive Givers and continually give to God and others.
Let us never forget, that we are called for a blessing to be a blessing
PS: Dane Miller was last seen at an ATM with a list of names in his hand and a smile on his face.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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