Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 40: The One Who Scatters (Part 1)

He hath scattered abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. (Psalm 112:9)

Let’s look at what God says about the man who scatters. These are wonderful promises, given to anyone who has become generous in spirit and generous in deed. The man in this proverb has learned to sow his seed in a variety of places; he gives to every noble work he can that he senses God to be involved with. He also remembers the poor, the friends of God.

The result of this “life of scattering?” God says that that his righteousness endures forever. How can this be? How will giving cause our righteousness to endure? It probably happens because people who go around looking to sow are watching and waiting for opportunities to hear His voice and be His instrument. So, moving in the spirit of giving instead of the spirit of grasping keeps your heart tender and sensitive to the delicate and subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit. Becoming a giver will transform your entire character!

The Lord also promises that the man who scatters will be exalted with honor. The horn was a symbol of a person’s strength and his being promoted over others. So this verse indicates that those who give will receive supernatural grace and promotion from God – they will receive honor before others. Why does God do this? He wants the givers in society to be the people who are held in high regard. He wants others to learn from and imitate the lifestyle of the givers, not the graspers!

God, help me find delight in sowing here, there, and everywhere. You so loved the world that You gave… give me Your love for the things You love – it will make a giver like you are!

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