Blessed or Cursed? – Proverbs 28:27

Proverbs 28:27 “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”

Two options exist. There is no middle ground. You will either give or hide, share or hoard. Giving is often a matter of faith because funds are often tight. While hiding and hoarding for ourselves is natural, this Proverb rebukes such tendencies.  It poses a fundamental question which must be answered, “What are the purpose of riches?”  There are two types of riches, temporal and eternal.  Temporal riches are essential,  but their accumulation are not the goal of life. Ecclesiastes reminds us, “As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.” (Ecclesiastes 5:15)

Temporal riches are most valuable when invested in those less fortunate than yourself. Paul told Timothy “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:17–19) May we be faithful stewards of the riches God has given us by investing them in others.

Christians are not only to be good stewards of their earthly riches , but even more importantly of their spiritual riches . All around us are spiritually destitute people, who do not even understand their need. In Christ you have ALL wisdom and riches. What are you doing to reach out to a poor and dying world going headlong into a Christless eternity?

On judgment day will others be cursing you and pointing their fingers at you saying, “Why didn’t you tell me about Jesus,”

Today let us consider our giving both materially and spiritually. Are our family and friends the only recipients of our giving? God forbid. Jesus said,  “when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13–14)

I am praying God increases our fervency for good works. (Titus 2:14)

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