Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 11:24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. 25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. 26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
As We Give We Are
Made Able To Give
Notice Solomon does not say "all" who give freely will each one always grow richer in money… it gives an example and says "one"… so sometimes it does happen. And he does not say that every person who withholds will become poor financially but he gives an example in contrast that we may learn. I think he is saying that when you see these two types of people in life and their relationship to money and giving, there is a lesson in it for you for all areas of life.
It seems to me that the next two verses show us the context of the passage. This time Solomon does not generalize but uses the inclusive relative pronoun “whoever” and gives the definite verb “will”. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched.
Therefore, some kind of blessing is definitely going to come on those who bring a blessing or more to the point of all three verses: whoever does any of the things Solomon mentions in these three verses will be blessed by God. Those who give freely, those who do not withhold when they should give, those who bring blessings on others and those who sell their grain when the prices are low so even the poor can afford it instead of holding it until the price rises. God gives blessings to those who are not greedy but generously love with Agape or the highest form of love…
2nd Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
But to what end does God bless us?
In 2nd Corinthians 9 the subject of Paul's discourse is not money. As in Proverbs 11:24 money is one example but the subject is unselfish giving… not clenching your fists and locking your doors but opening your heart to others. Not defending what you have as though it is your treasure instead of Jesus. If you read all of chapter 8 and 9 of 2nd Corinthians you will see some amazing ways Gods blesses those who love fellow believers. That is one of the callings of all Christians… to love one another… He blesses us that we might have joy and blessings to share with others.
Paul continues in 2nd Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
A favorite of mine is John 15 where Jesus tells his disciples how he will bless… I believe all who abide in him and his word in them in the context he says… all who will carry out his mission of love to the world… and it’s all about his mission… not ours, but his toward unbelievers. Check it out and see if you don’t agree. He blesses that we may bless both believers and unbelievers for his glory.
Again our text says: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched”. Can you see the unending circle of that kind of blessing? We bring a blessing to others in Christ name and we are blessed, and it keeps on going on and on, all for the glory of God and to the praise of his glorious grace!
Father, Thank you for giving us your joy and for blessing us in every way that we might bless others in your name and for your glory. As Paul shows us in 2nd Corinthians 8, even if we are in financial poverty if we abide in you, your blessings will overflow that we might point others to you. May we not guard our physical things as our great treasure but be generous in your name treasuring Jesus supremely in faith and with all joy. In Jesus name Amen!