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WORK AND GENEROSITY

Date: December 3

Category: Prosperity

Deuteronomy 15:10
"You shall give to him freely without begrudging it; because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiSome people are waiting for the blessing of God to come without doing any work and without undertaking anything. Many people will be waiting for the rest of their lives and they still won't receive the blessing of God. Why is that? Well God promises us divine blessing, but He promises to bless us in all our work and in all that we undertake. In other words, in order to receive the blessing of God, we have to work. God's promise of divine blessing cannot be fulfilled if we don't present to Him some kind of work that He can bless.

Think about Isaac, who sowed seeds in the midst of a famine. In Genesis 26:1a, 12 we read, "And there was a famine in the land…Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year, a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings." Because of his work, God blessed him. When there is a famine, the ground is dry. In order to sow seeds, Isaac probably had to work the ground much harder. He probably had to work longer hours, exert more energy, and use up more resources to sow his seeds. But he did, and because he did God blessed him a hundred fold in that same year.

So in order for us to achieve success, we have to work. Our work is the channel in which God pours His blessing upon us. This is true in terms of studying, in terms of business, in terms of relationships, etc. If you want God's blessing in all of those areas, then you have to decide to do what it takes to bring about that desired result – and that is work.

But there is another requirement that we must pay attention to. Yes, God promises to bless us in all our work, but let us examine the first part of this verse. In Deuteronomy 15:10a we read, "You shall give to him freely without begrudging it." But who are we supposed to give to? Well in verse 11 we read, "For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hands to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land." This is a commandment from God. God wants us to give to the poor and the needy without resentment. This is something that God requires from us before He blesses us in our work and undertakings.

We read something very similar in Proverbs 19:17, "He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him." So when we give to the poor, we are really lending to the Lord and God will repay us what we have given. On the other hand, if we don't give to the poor, what will happen? Well in Proverbs 21:13 we read, "Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard." Imagine crying out for help in your time of need and not being heard. That's such an awful thing to experience. That's why we are to hear the cries of the needy and help them with what they are in lack of.

In James 1:27 we read, "External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world." In other words, true worship to God is helping those who are in need – the poor, the widow, the orphans, etc. We can see throughout the Scriptures that God cares for the needy. Since God cares for the needy, then we too should care for the needy.

When you and I extend our hand to help the poor without begrudging it, then we will experience what Deuteronomy 15:10b says, "because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake." So there are two requirements that we must first complete before we can experience God's promise of divine blessing. First, we have to work. If our hands don't undertake anything, then God cannot bless us. Secondly, we have to share of what we have with the needy. As a result of our work and our generous giving, then God will bless us in all that we do. There is a powerful connection between our work, our giving, and God's divine blessing on our lives.

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