“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
(Proverbs 3:27-28 NLT)
“Let me pray about it first.”
We have all likely been on the giving and receiving end of this statement. While some things do require time in prayer, others…not so much.
Have you ever felt that nudge in your spirit to give to someone?
You may feel led to hand that guy with the cardboard sign a $20.
Perhaps you see an elderly woman with the bare necessities in her shopping cart behind you and you think, “I should pay for her items.”
It could be the single mom counting out change to buy diapers that catches your eye. You have extra, should you help her out?
The neighbor’s spouse down the street who you’ve never met suddenly passes away. You think about taking them a meal but that would be weird, right?
All of the above scenarios are times when you need to act, not go home and meditate on it for a bit. The Lord sets before us opportunities to be his hands & feet, the last thing we want to do is squander those moments. Here is a good way for to know instantly what you should do: Will it honor the Lord? If the answer is yes, go for it! That hesitation you feel about helping a complete stranger is not the Lord. Countless times in Scripture, He encourages us to open our hands to the needy, our homes to the homeless and our love to the unlovable. If it’s within your means to help your fellow man, whom the Lord loves just as much as he loves you, then do it! No need to stop and pray, sing a hymn or look for signs and wonders. If you are low on funds and think you can’t possibly help your neighbor when you can’t support yourself, you’ve got time & talents too, don’t you? Giving is so much more than a handful of cash.
You will find that once you start to look for ways to be a blessing to others that it becomes one of the most natural, fulfilling things you will ever do. Beyond that, when you give to others, you are opening the door for God to bless you!
“Honor the Lord with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
(Proverbs 3:9-10 NLT)
We honor the Lord with our tithe AND offerings. It is required of us to give back to God the 10% but can you even imagine how he beams with pride when we go above that to help those who are less fortunate?
Day 3 of our Book of Proverbs study…give, give, give. That is all.