Our Daily Bread Devotional For July 2, 2024 : Topic – Generously Given and Shared

Our Daily Bread Devotional For July 2, 2024 : Topic – Generously Given and Shared

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Bible in a Year :

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely.

Today’s Scripture : Psalm 112


Psalm 112 begins in much the same way as Psalm 1, but instead of focusing on what the “blessed” person doesn’t do (see Psalm 1:1), it describes what those who fear God do. Much like the repeated theme of Psalm 119, the first verses of Psalm 112 focus on the blessings that come to those who love God’s law. And here we find still more allusion to the promises of God in Deuteronomy 6:1-3, that in loving God and keeping His commandments, the people of God will enjoy His promises.

For the Israelites, that meant earthly prosperity. For believers in Jesus today, we also claim God’s promises as we love and follow Him. But as Peter points out in his second letter, God has given us “everything we need” through Jesus to live a life that honors Him (2 Peter 1:3) and that the blessing is enjoying Him forever (v. 4).

Message : When my wife, Cari, and I finished our higher education, we had several thousand dollars in debt that we needed to consolidate through a lower interest rate. We applied for a loan at the local bank but were turned down because we hadn’t lived or worked in that city for long. A few days later, I shared what had happened with my friend Ming, who was an elder in our church. “I’d like to mention this to my wife,” he said on the way out the door.

A few hours later, the phone rang. It was Ming: “Ann and I would like to loan you the money you need, interest free,” he offered. I didn’t know what to say, so I responded, “I can’t ask that of you.” “You’re not asking!” Ming answered jovially. They kindly gave us the loan, and Cari and I paid them back as quickly as we could.

I believe Ming and Ann were generous because of their love for God. As Scripture tells us, “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice” (Psalm 112:5). Those who trust in God can have “steadfast” hearts that “are secure” (vv. 7-8), understanding that He’s the source of everything good in their lives.

God has been generous with us, giving us life and forgiveness. Let’s be generous in sharing His love and our resources with those in need.

By:  James Banks

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