“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”
                                                                                            (verse 25-26)

I have trouble in understanding many parts of scripture, it’s a joy to us when we read or hear a sermon on a familiar passage from scripture and suddenly it’s as if a light has been turned on and we can now see so clearly. Maybe because I do not have the wisdom of age as this line states that I lack understanding, on the first part of the verse. My mind is drawn to the hungry of Africa and parts of Eastern Europe; I pray that the Lord will grant me wisdom on this part of the verse in the future. The second part of the verse I can understand and appreciate, we are called to be free with that the Lord has provided freely to us. I am not thinking primarily about wealth but about my life. He has given me life, both spiritually in Christ and physically in body; through these freely given gifts I can work and hence impact those around me. I therefore want to share with others the good things that the Lord has provided for me. As I lead a selfless life my children (and those around me), shall be blessed as they shall be encouraged to lead similar lives, and find the blessings that living such a life brings even in times of suffering.

“Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land for ever. For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”
                                         (verse 27-29)

Live business lives that are Holy. We are called to be radically different in not only our private lives, but in our business lives. To be salt and light to the world around us. The promise of the Lord is reliable, if we do His will then He will give us the nations, the promise to Israel was not broken by the Lord but by the nation who turned from him. The promises of the Lord are eternal.

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