23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
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.
The desire of the righteous includes care for others while the expectation of the wicked is only for himself. God is interested in the desires of those who labor for the care of others. I have known many wonderful people who have invested in care for others. Don Miller was a farmer who could not work well with people, he was gruff and could be hard to get along with. But Don loved our work with troubled boys and he would give us corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and more. Don’s desire was to care for others with the labor of his farm. Don then gave testimony that God met his needs.
Verse 24 goes against human logic for we would say that you don’t give and gain at the same time. Yet how often have we seen the blessing of God on those who give! We do not give to get rich but when we give, we are enriched by our giving. When we give, we gain the love of those we give to; we gain the respect of others when we care for them. God, who knows our hearts and actions, makes sure that those who give to others for His sake are taken care of. The contrast here is that those who withhold what they have and refuse to help others suffer greater wants themselves. Money and things never satisfy but those who give find great satisfaction as they watch their gift gain eternal rewards.
When we give, according to verse 25, we bring blessings to others. As a pastor, I often have the joy of taking the gift from the church to the brother or sister in need. When the church shows care we, the church, are enriched. It does not take a great deal of money or care to be enriched by giving. What a joy it is when we are enriched with love by those who we help. We also see here the illustration of watering; when we water others with our water God waters us. Bobbi has always had plants that needed watering. When watered they would flourish but if we forgot to water them, they looked sickly and close to death. When we share the water of life with others, we ourselves also benefit with the water of God Almighty.
Who are you desiring to care for today? To whom are you giving and growing richer through your gift? Are you enjoying the water of God while you are giving water to someone in need?
Palm Sunday was truly a blessed Sunday at JIBC. God met with us and gave us joy and fellowship as we gathered around Him. Thanks to all who labored together to serve the Lord here Sunday morning. As a body, we work well together to move as one to the glory and praise of God. The message, What is the significance of Palm Sunday, Jesus died 4-5 days later? Is on the church website. This message will draw people to the desire of Christ to ride as King into their hearts both for now and for eternity. Follow this link for the message: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n9GPbCvILtd5084CS5MAw779-APOxVnS/view
Continuing our Sunday lunch for church people, we had 25 people over yesterday. It was a great time of food and fellowship. We got to know each other by hearing how the Lord brought us to himself for salvation. What an amazing time as we heard about God’s grace in each life. I wish all of you could hear the stories of God’s leading from people of all nationalities, all religions and all family backgrounds. God is still in the business of saving whom He will save.
Have a great day in the Lord,