i have been challenged to read the Bible with simple faith lately, particularly when it comes to the promises of God. i believe when God says we will be blessed, we will be blessed. on my flight home from salt lake city on saturday, i was reading through a few chapters in the book of psalms. i read psalm 112, and read it again, and again, and soon, i was furiously scribbling notes in my journal. i’d love to share them with you.
“happy are those who fear the Lord… who delight in doing what He commands. their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. they themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will never be forgotten.” [verses 1-3]
promises galore, right off the bat. a) joy. we have joy when we do what God commands b) our obedience will be passed down to the next generation & our children will desire to obey the Lord, as well. c) not only will our good works “outlive” us in younger generations, but we will be blessed in our generation because of our good works.
“when darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in. they are generous, compassionate, and righteous. all goes well for those who are generous… such people will not be overcome by evil circumstances… they do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to take care for them. they are… fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” [verses 4-8]
the first few verses of psalm 112 sound wonderful: happiness, blessing, success, wealth, going-down-in-history and then there’s a change. darkness, evil circumstances, bad news, foes. living in God’s favour [blessing, success, joy] doesn’t equal a complication-free life. interesting how verse 4 says “when darkness overtakes the godly,” not if darkness overtakes the godly, but when. it’s a bummer-sounding guarantee followed up with an exciting one… light will come bursting in. an explosion of light [a.k.a. God’s goodness and deliverance] obliterating the darkness.
evil circumstances will fail to overcome the godly because of their generosity. isn’t it amazing that our generosity can help us a) overcome evil, b) fearlessly hear bad news, and c) face our foes triumphantly? i love this link between generosity and confidence. while we are growing and being stretched in our calling to give, we come to know God as our only source. we give abundantly, the Lord provides excessively. we empty ourselves of our resources [money, time, talent] and find He causes us to overflow. therefore, when evil/bad news comes, we know that our generosity has positioned us in a place of favour. it has given us a godly confidence: He will take care of us!
in the last verse of psalm 112, the Word says the Godly “give generously to those in need” and because of this “they will have influence and honour.” [verse 9] — God loves a generous heart. He loves to increase the influence and honour of His children. isn’t that cool? i challenge you to give generously this month, let’s go above and beyond together… in the craziest ways we can think of. i am praying that we will experience all of the promises God has for our generation.