Generous and Blessed (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 145)
Psalms 37:26 (NLT)
The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
As we grow from the infancy stage of life, many of us seem to develop a reticent fear that there is not enough to go around. Amongst kindergarten children, this is the case as many of them learn to look out for their own interests. The world seems to think it is important to always be looking out for number one.
Instead of giving to others, we give in to the idea that we must hoard everything we have and are able to get just in case something terrible happens. But God never intended for us to live this kind of life. God owns “the cattle upon a thousand hills” as the Psalms states and this is permission for us to live a generous and blessed life that is defined by willing giving and humble receiving.
God doesn’t just want us to live this life for ourselves but for the generations who will come after us. If we give gladly and freely, we open up our lives to receive storehouses full of blessings that only comes with a life of generosity. Ask the Lord to give you a generous spirit, a heart that looks out not for your own interests but more for the interests of others. Trust His promises that He will provide for you whatever you need and even the good things that you want.
“Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed.”
— Richard J. Foster