Genesis 23:16 Being Generous

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Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants. Genesis 23:16

People are always striving to pay the least amount that they can for whatever they purchase. They fight hard to get the price lower or even free. While it is wisdom to pay a good price for a service or object, it can become stingy or greedy to pay less than a fair price or what it is really worth.

Christians are often very stingy with their money among other believers. Each one expects the other to donate their service or their goods, because they are both believers. They expect the one doing the work or giving the goods to be the generous one. If the person does not donate his time or goods, many believers are offended and go to someone else, or talk bad about him.

As Abraham had been traveling, his wife, Sarah, had passed away. Since he was in a foreign land, he had to purchase some land to bury her. He went to a man named Ephron to buy some land. Ephron wanted to give him the land at no cost, yet, Abraham insisted upon paying full price, and finally paid full price for the land. Abraham was the one being generous and refused to take something without paying the right price.

There may be times you are being given a service from another believer. Instead of just expecting it for free, offer what is a good price for the service. There may be times the person wants to donate the service or object, but do not expect it. Be generous in what you have and pay the right price. This is blessing the other person.

Think about what God has blessed you with. God is generous with you in what He gives you. God has provided the price for your sins, death on a cross. Yet, He does not charge you for it, He is generous to you. Pass that generosity on. God will provide more than all that you need.

Be the one who is a blessing to another person by being generous with your money, services or goods, but do not expect it from others. If someone is generous, you may accept, but do not expect it.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will be generous to others as God was to you; that you give as God has given to you; and that you will know God’s provision for your own life. 

 

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Isaiah 55:1-2 Eat And Drink The Best

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:1-2

Being hungry and thirsty is something that every person has to deal with, some more than others. At times one will be more thirsty, in the hot summer time in the south, while at other times one may be more hungry. Most people can satisfy their physical hunger and thirst without too much problem, but both will return very soon.

However, there is another hunger and thirst that many people have that is much harder to be satisfied. It is hunger for meaning and satisfaction in life. Some people are always seeking a bigger, better thrill in life to keep them moving forward. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to be satisfied. Others may seek better jobs and positions, or maybe seeking peace, quiet and solitude to find meaning.

While all of these things can satisfy for a short time, they will not sustain a person in the long haul of life. Each of these things are temporary and wear off. After a time, the thrill of one thing will not be enough and more will be sought out.

God is calling people to take what He is giving to be satisfied. The life that Jesus is offering does not cost in the manner of money or hard labor. All it costs is accepting and giving your life to Him. In return you gain eternal life, peace, and satisfaction regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world.

In order to eat and drink what God is offering, you must get into His Word, the Bible. Read it and get to know who God is and what He has for you. Then step out in trust and do what His word says.

As you do these things, you will find satisfaction that will stay with you and not end in a few hours. As you continue to live for God, you will find purpose and meaning for your life that will satisfy better than anything this world has to offer.

Don’t labor for what does not satisfy, try God.

I pray today that you will know God; that you will hunger for His Word; that you will be satisfied with God alone in your life; that you will find purpose in serving God; and that God will meet all of your needs.

Proverbs 20:10 Different Weights

Differing weights and differing measures–the LORD detests them both. Proverbs 20:10

During the Old Testament times, weights and measures were used for determining the price of something. Instead of having a specific coin with a set value to purchase something, they would weigh out gold or silver, or some produce to determine the price. Some merchants were have two sets of weights that looked the same, but were actually very different weights.

The purpose of this was to make money in a bad way. When they were purchasing something, they would use a heavier weight so that they would pay less. When selling something, they would use a lighter weight so that the person would have to pay more. God did not like that method.

The same thing can occur today and not just in purchasing and selling items. Businesses are caught with illegal pricing of products or having differing measures, although the government, at least in the US, attempts to regulate it and keep it honest.

People are known to have different ways of dealing with people. In church, people are loving and kind. But outside of the church, some of those same people are backbiting and cheating. Take a look at how many marriages have a cheating spouse. People like to say one thing to one person and something different to another.

Believers should be living their life in a way that it is the same no matter where they go or what they are doing. There should never be a different weight in the life of any believer.

Take a look at your own life. Do you treat every person in the same way?

Or do you treat some better than others?

Although how you treat a person has nothing to do with buying and selling, it can be different measures. God has told all believers to love every person with His love. God’s love is perfect and the same no matter who it is for. You should have that same love for the person in the church, the family member, or your worst enemy.

Do not allow yourself to have differing weights and measures. God hates them.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how you treat others; that you will be filled with God’s love for everyone; that you will treat others as God treats you; and that your life will be like that of Jesus in all that you say and do.