Proverbs 19:17 Lending To The Lord

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17

Banks lend money out to people with the expectation that they will get paid back with interest. It is one of their processes of making more money. The banks are not always very concerned about what is done with the money, they just want to be ensured they will get it back.

People often loan things out to friends or family. They will loan out tools or equipment, books, dishes, or even vehicles. Nearly everything can be available to be loaned out. In this type of loan, people do expect to get the item back, but not necessarily with interest. They trust that the item will come back in good condition.

Jesus had stated that one should be willing to lend to anyone, but not to expect a return. Believers are to lend out freely and not force the person to return the item. They are not expected to get what was loaned out back with interest.

The reason for it can be found in what Solomon says. When a person is kind to a poor person, he is lending to the Lord. Being kind is providing something that the person needs. It could be some material thing or just a listening ear or a helping hand.

Being kind to someone who is poor, often means that person cannot pay it back. This is where one needs to trust in the Lord.

God is watching everything that you do. He is taking note of it and will not forget it. When you have reached out and met a need of someone else, God will reward you. The methods of rewarding you may be different each time.

There are times God will abundantly meet your needs. You will end up with a surplus. Other times God will fill you with His joy and peace at being able to help meet another person’s needs. Ultimately you will be rewarded in heaven for all the good things you have done.

As you go through life, do not be afraid to help meet the needs of someone else. Trust that God will meet your needs and reward you for what you have done for someone else.

I pray today that you will trust God’s provision; that God will use you to help meet the needs of others; that you will freely lend to others; and that God’s love and generosity will be shown through your life.

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Proverbs 13:8 The Curse Of Great Wealth

A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes. Proverbs 13:8

Gaining great wealth is the focus of many people. The desire to have more money in order to have more things and be able to do more is what many want. There are some who want it just to have a large bank account.

In order to get that extra wealth, there will be some who will get an extra job and study books or articles that tell how to get that money. They will go to great lengths in order to have all that they want.

Solomon says that having all that wealth can ransom a person’s life.

Having great wealth sounds great on the surface, but many do not see the problems that come with having that wealth. Once a person has great wealth, he has to protect and keep what he has. This can cause the wealth to become a curse for him.

The person who is driving a ten year old Chevy car will not attract the attention of a car thief like the one who is driving a brand new high-end Mercedes. The person with a huge bank account will not attract all the “friends” who would like some of that money in either begging for it, or by lawsuits. The person with a small two room, empty, run-down house will not attract the thieves as much as the one with a mansion with a large flat-screen tv in each room.

Those with little to no physical wealth do not have the worries and cares that those with great wealth do. Yet, they can have great wealth in a different form. The wealth of the poor can be in having a close family, no worries of theft, joy in life, and reliance on the presence of God.

There is nothing sinful about having great physical wealth, nor is there anything sinful about being physically poor. The important thing is that God is the center of your life. Seek Him and what He wants and desires.

Learn to be satisfied with what God has already blessed you with. Do not strive after greater wealth as the world does. You may get it, but then have the concerns and fears the wealthy have. God may give you great wealth, or He may not, but trust in God, not the wealth.

I pray today that God will bless your life; that you will see how God is already blessing you; that you will trust in God and not things; and that you will see how wealthy you are in God.

James 2:5 Those Chosen By God

“Listen, by dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him?” James 1:5

James started to talk about showing favoritism. He gave one of the most common examples of favoritism being shown and that is of showing favor to someone who looks wealthy. Now he is pointing out that God has chosen those who are poor to get His kingdom.

The world likes to say that you must have certain things or you are poor. Some of those things are the newest car, the latest fashion clothing, a job with a very large income, and a large house. The world does not care if you fully own it, or if you are still paying for it on credit as long as it is yours.

When you have all of those things, the world looks at you as someone important and worth being around. Usually it is with the hope that some of that wealth will rub off on the person or that they can get some favors from the wealthy person.

While physical wealth is not bad, it does nothing to help you in the kingdom of God. God is looking at the heart of a person. Your heart must be poor before God. You must know that without God you have nothing of any real value, physically or in your character.

You can have all the wealth of the world and yet have a very bad spirit. It may be selfish and unloving. Or you can have the wealth of the world and have a poor spirit, knowing that without God you have nothing.

When looking at people, do not look at what they physically have, but at what their spirit is like. What is their character like? Those who have a heart seeking God are those who have real value. The rest need to know Jesus.

What is your heart like? Is it rich as the world sees it? Or is it poor and seeking God and God alone?

I pray today that your desire will be to seek God; that you will not seek people for what they have or do; that you will not trust in wealth, but in God; that you will choose people who God will choose; and that you will be rich in faith and love.

Mark 10:24 Difficult Entry

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:24

As Jesus was teaching a rich man came up to Jesus and wanted to follow Him. Jesus told the man to sell what he had and give to the poor, then follow Him. The man went away sad and decided not to do what he was told. This is where Jesus said it is hard for the rich to enter heaven.

Jesus repeats the statement again, only leaving out “the rich” part. The disciples were amazed at this statement.

Many people like to use this verse to talk about the value of not being rich, or to speak against those that are very wealthy. Jesus never spoke against having great wealth. He was looking at where the heart is.

When a person is wealthy, it is very easy to put your trust in the wealth or the ability to get wealth, than it is to trust in God. Most believers can believe and understand this.

However, with Jesus stating that it is hard to get into heaven, He was talking about everyone. Why is it difficult to get into heaven? All a person has to do is repent of their sins, believe Jesus paid the price for their sins and forgave him, and follow Him.

It is more of the heart that it becomes difficult to get into heaven. Where is your real trust?

Whether you are wealthy, or you are poor, you must believe and trust only in God. You must not trust in your own abilities or merits. Many believe that because they have done good things, they deserve heaven. What you have done has nothing to do with you getting into heaven.

Even the poorest of the poor can have a difficult time fully trusting in God for everything, including salvation. Are you trusting your hard work ethic? Or your job? Or your position? Or your going to church? Or your ministry? Or anything else?

Trust only in Jesus. Rely only on God for everything. This is difficult to do as a human. It is a simple strategy, but requires a denial of self, which is the difficult part. With God all things are possible. Are you trusting God today?

I pray today that God will help you see that He will take care of you; that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not trust in things of this world for anything; and that you will follow God with all that is in you.