Lending to the Lord

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Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

It’s funny how generosity isn’t dependent on how much money a person has. A rich man can be stingy while a poor man can be generous. The reverse is also true.

Generosity to the poor starts from the heart of love and gratefulness. The Proverb stated gives an amazing promise. Let’s see what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say ‘Whoever is generous to the poor gives to the Lord’. It says ‘lends to the Lord’.

Notice the difference between giving and lending to the Lord. Giving is one-way without expecting anything in return but lending means you expect it back.

Often God returns much more than what you gave to the poor! Heavenly interest beats any puny bank rate on earth. God is no man’s debtor. He will pay you back much more than you gave.

Will you give generously to the poor? Will you see the Lord’s face in a dirty homeless child scavenging trashcans for a morsel of food? In a struggling single mom juggling two jobs? In a tired missionary packing his bags when support from his church runs dry?

The next time you’re going to spend money for your exotic holiday, upgrade your hand phone again or buy the latest gadget, think about the poor. It is the Lord’s money. Are you using it wisely?

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