God’s LAW of ‘RICHES’ and ‘POVERTY’: "There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself." (Proverbs 11:24-25)
These above verses make the general point that the generous person is blessed, while miserliness leads to ruin (v. 17). Generosity prospers a person; stinginess impoverishes!
Here is a glorious paradox: we enrich ourselves by being generous. We impoverish ourselves by laying up treasures on earth. What we save, we lose. What we give, we have. Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Dr. Barnhouse observed that everybody tithes, either to the Lord or to the doctor, the dentist, and the garage mechanic. The generous person reaps dividends that the miser can never know. Whatever we do for others returns to us in blessing!
The man who scatters his substance with benevolence will increase the more in wealth and blessing. There is an old epitaph which says: What we spent, we had; what we saved, we lost; what we gave, we have. Many withhold from others only to discover all too suddenly that they are in great want. Liberality fattens the soul.
This proverb should shape our attitude toward wealth: it should be shared. Stinginess may lead to poverty. Generosity has the opposite effect. Selfishness is foolish because it only creates enemies and dishonors God. The more we give of ourselves to others, the more we receive. In contrast, one who does not share with others finds that others will not share with him!
God loves people who have big hearts and who will give to others. God will bless those people with riches, while the stingy people will end up in poverty. This is God’s law of riches and poverty!
"But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Cor 9:6-8)