Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and He will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
I think this is one of the coolest verses in the Bible. Why? Because it speaks so much of God’s heart. He wants his family to imitate Him, to be known for their generosity. Sometimes digging into our pocket for loose change or writing a cheque, is easier than giving that person the gift of time and emotional energy.
When you stop to think about it, if everything belongs to God anyway, how do we “lend to the Lord”? I believe this is the author’s way of saying God will make sure our needs are looked after as we learn to live generously.
In a volatile world with so much economic uncertainty, it is easy to give into a scarcity mentality. What if we have ”too much month at the end of my money” (and not the other way round)? In a busy, frantic world, we often feel that we don’t have time to invest in relationships.
And yet, God has promised to supply all we need, so why the anxiety and stress?
Learning to live generously in response to God’s kindness toward us is an exhilarating journey of freedom. At its best, it creates virtuous cycles of kindness that encourage others to pay it forward so that God gets the credit (as He rightly should!).
Have you ever been part of a virtuous cycle of kindness? When was the last time someone showed you generosity? How did you respond? Do you choose to “pay it forward” so God gets the credit?