(Proverbs 11:25 KJV) The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Which comes first, being “liberal” (generous NASB) (1293) or being “fat” (prosperous NASB)
(1878)? My mind turns to the concept of tithing. It is amazing how many people change the meaning of the tithe, one tenth, to “whatever you can afford”. The assumption is that poor people cannot afford to tithe. Since we are no longer under the law they are free to make their case but this verse adds a bit of spice to the argument that people might be poor because they do not tithe.
My concern is not tithing. That is between you and the Lord but the point being made here is that God wants us to be generous to people in need. He wants us to be generous in general. This is not a crass, vending machine promise. This is a principle of the universe, laid down by God. I guess it might be a corollary of the golden rule.
So? Simple. Be generous. Share your wealth of money and time. Be a blessing. If done with the right attitude it will be rewarded.