Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 ESV
Throughout our marriage Pam and I have been the recipients of 8 plus cars given to us. We have also given 8 or 9 cars away. I remember the first time that God wanted me to give a car to a seminary classmate in Divinity school. I needed the car myself to get to work and school. I talked with God and told him I was ready to give it away as soon as I could find another one. The next week, a church member offered a car to us that needed minor engine repairs to get it working. We gave my friend the car to him and his family.
The ESV keeps close to the Hebrew passage by including the phrase “bountiful eye”. Many translations combine the two words into a translation of a “generous person”. The Hebrew word for “bountiful” is towb which is the basis of good, favorable, and fruitful.
One would think that a person of abundance would also be an abundant giver. In America, we are all blessed with abundance. The key to being a giver is not the amount of possessions, but openness of our eyes to see the connection between another’s need and our abundance.
Remember the early church formation after Pentecost? They were a giving church. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. Acts 2:44-45. God supplies seed to those who can sow into others need.
Moses had shared the same idea of giving and blessing. Give generously to him, and do not let your heart be grieved when you do so. And because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything to which you put your hand. Deut. 15:10 Giving and blessing include the heart attitude in order for the cycle of generosity to finds it completion.
How do you “open your eyes” to the needs around you? How did the early church realize they had the capacity to take care of the poor and needy among them? How do you develop an eye, heart and hand of generosity?
Keep in step with the revelation of the Holy Spirit in your life. He is speaking to you about things that are temporal and things that are eternal. All your treasures on earth will be left behind. Every one of them. All that we own is God’s and we are called to steward it as He leads us.
When we give, we exchange the temporal for eternal blessings of treasures stored in heaven. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20
May God open your eyes to reveal the rhythm of being a cheerful giver. He pours back into your lap, because He has found a faithful steward of sharing from your abundance. A faithful follower of Jesus is blessed as they align themselves with the character of God. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE…”
Blessings Love y’all