Written by Steve Vaughn on September 3, 2018
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you
I’ve always liked this scripture. I appreciate its straight to the point message. Don’t be so quick to measure whether or not someone is worthy of your charity. I would hate to think the Lord only gives gifts that we deserve. I am convinced that He often gives us good gifts purely because of His love for His children and how He often dotes on us.
There is a balance with this concept and another one of my favorite verses which happens to be in this very chapter, “3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.” This “favor” is hinged on our obedience and is by far the majority of what will bring favor from God (and man), That being said, often times He just blesses us for no apparent reason. Often times He blesses us when we obviously don’t deserve it. Isn’t He just so loving? If this is the case, why do we measure someone’s worth in order to give charity to them? What if we measured whether we give by whether we have it to give and not by whether they deserved it?
Today’s proverb says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.” If God has blessed us to the point where we have the ability to bless others; by all means we should. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.” Let us reason with the mind of the Lord. We should exercise wisdom, but that doesn’t mean without compassion. Believe that your charity may win someone over. When that person who wears the torn and dirty clothes is holding the sign at the intersection, be sensitive to the Lord. He may move you to give. If you feel compassion and give, let whether or not they use it for food or something negative stay between them and God. Offer your charity to the Lord and whether or not they deserve it will not be of importance.
Source from Proverb for the Day.