26 Some people are always greedy for more,
but the godly love to give!
Take a few minutes...yes right now... and think about how you can give of yourself to someone else. It may cost you something....time, money or maybe a little sacrifice. God desires to bless His children and one sure way is for us to learn the joy of giving. When our heart truly loves to give for the gospel sake, for the good of others, and from the heart that is when we are really in line to be blessed. That blessing can be financial...but blessing is so much more that alone. Jesus always went about giving of Himself. Loving to give is not about obligation...it is much better than that sort of thing. When we come to Christ we are given His nature and if we nurture that desire to be more like Jesus we can't help but learn to love to give. You can start out small. Pastor John and I love to give. We don't advertise what we do for others but it is such a blessing to us. Think about it today. Did you think of something yet? Be sure and implement it today!
25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
for their hands refuse to work.
I'm amazed at the number of verses about laziness in Proverbs. Paul in the New Testament tells us that if a person refuses to work he doesn't eat. God doesn't judge a person by his wealth...but he does see and judge what we do with the gifting He gives us. Sometimes we are waiting on God to provide a need and that is promised in the word. We must remember that one of the ways God provides is through giving us the ability to work. Your talent isn't by accident. So get up and accomplish something today...and do it with all your heart as unto the Lord.
Don't spend everything
20 The wise have wealth and luxury,
but fools spend whatever they get.
Are you spending every dime you make? Don't despair....determine to save some. Yeah I know you may have debt up to your ears. Many Americans do. This verse hit me sometime ago. Remember I told you that one of the ideas for studying Proverbs can be to study subjects. You've noticed that a main topic is foolish verses wise. Well maybe you've felt pretty good because you've been in the wise category everytime it's mentioned....well until now. Even if you just save a little bit...you are obeying God and if you are diligent that amount will increase. Hey everyone can start out with at least saving $5 a month. It doesn't seem like much...but it is obedience to the word...a declaration,if you will, that you are not going to be in the foolish category. It all adds up. Are you up to the challenge?
What verses did the Holy Spirit talk to you about today?
What action steps have you begun to take since reading Proverbs?