[October 19]
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:24, 25
THE evident lesson here is that the Lord is pleased to see his people cultivate breadth of heart as well as of mind—generosity in proportion to their knowledge of him and of his generosity. The Scriptures nowhere declare that cases of absolute privation among the Lord's people are proofs that at some time in their past life when possessed of means, they failed to use a portion of it in charity, in the Lord's service. But the inspired words above quoted come very close to giving this lesson. At all events it is profitable that we lay this testimony to heart and that every child of God henceforth shall be earnestly careful that out of the blessings of the Lord coming to us day by day some measure be carefully, prayerfully, lovingly laid aside as seed to be sown in the Lord's service according to the best wisdom and judgment which he will give us. Z'16-219 R5927:2(Hymn 226)