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OUR DAILY BREAD

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June 10, 2019

Sharing Slices

Read: Proverbs 11:23-31

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.—Proverbs
11:25

Steve, a sixty-two-year-old homeless military veteran, made his way to a warm
climate where sleeping outdoors was tolerable year-round. One evening, as he
displayed his hand-drawn art—his attempt to earn some money—a young woman approached
and offered him several slices of pizza. Steve gratefully accepted. Moments later,
Steve shared his bounty with another hungry, homeless person. Almost immediately,
the same young woman resurfaced with another plate of food, acknowledging that he
had been generous with what he’d been given.

Steve’s story illustrates the principle found in Proverbs 11:25 that when we’re
generous with others, we’re likely to experience generosity as well. But we
shouldn’t give with expecting something in return; rarely does our generosity return
to us as quickly and obviously as it did for him. Rather, we give to help others in
loving response to God’s instruction to do so (Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:17). And
when we do, God is pleased. While He’s under no obligation to refill our wallets or
bellies, He often finds a way to refresh us—sometimes materially, other times
spiritually.

Steve shared his second plate of pizza too with a smile and open hands. Despite his
lack of resources, he is an example of what it means to live generously, willing to
cheerfully share what we have with others instead of hoarding it for ourselves. As
God leads and empowers us, may the same be said of us. —Kirsten Holmberg

We can be generous with what God’s given us.

The Bible In One Year: 2 Chronicles 34-36 & John 19:1-22

Insights:
While the book of Proverbs contains many pithy sayings that are unrelated to each
other (with the exception of chapters 1-9 and 31), there are also a surprising
amount of ideas that are linked together. For example, 11:23-31 compares the
righteous and the wicked and the generous and the greedy. The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will be refreshed. People will curse those who hoard grain
but bless the generous (vv. 24-26). In verse 28, however, it’s interesting that
generosity and righteousness are linked together. “Those who trust in their riches
[those unwilling to share or to be generous] will fall, but the righteous [those who
share] will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the greedy are contrasted to the
righteous, not to the generous. A love of money seems to have a deep impact on our
character. J.R. Hudberg

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