Pr. 28:27: “He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.”
I have always loved the positive side of this verse. The not so positive side; however, is a little scary. If we hide our eyes and pretend we don’t see needs we will have many curses. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want many curses.
We cannot hide our eyes from the needs around us. God doesn’t play the “I didn’t realize the need was so bad” lying game. God knows what’s in our hearts. The Lord can see into the depths of our souls and He knows the truth.
What is beautiful is that if we give to the poor we truly will not lack. I have never gone a day without my needs being met. I have had hard times. I have had times when I almost didn’t have food. The Lord; however, always provided for my every need. Always. He is faithful. He does not allow us to give and not receive in return.
Try Him. Trust His word enough to give it a shot. He will come through for you. He will always be the Provider He promised to be. He will supply your needs just as He said He would. He will provide you with a box of food. He will pay that bill. He will even give bonuses sometimes:
This morning, we had a wonderful family adventure, walking to the new McDonald’s in town. We laughed, yelled, looked at the creek, picked wildflowers, took pictures, enjoyed each other’s company, and smiled the entire time. On our way back home, a couple stopped us and asked about our flowers and what we’d been doing. They had the biggest smiles on their faces, and before they drove off they gave us $20 to take the kids for donuts. How sweet was that? We praised God for the bonus! I think He liked our family day. 🙂
Not only did that couple give, but we were blessed by a bonus. Thank you, Lord.
Put Him first. Tithe your first fruits. Give to those in need around you. By putting your faith and trust in the Lord, you CAN do this. You can trust in the fact that He truly is who He says He is and He will meet your needs.
If we hide our eyes, we will also find that He is who He says He is, but it won’t be so lovely. He cannot lie. Don’t even let the curses come your way. Just give! You can never out give the Creator of all things. He’s the One that made everything in the first place. I think He can handle the rest.