Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.” ~CSB
When I practiced football in Alabama, there were some really ‘hot’ days. We would run and hit with those pads on. Shoulder pads covered with a hot jersey. The jerseys we wore in the 70’s and 80’s were thick and heavy. And the helmet that closed in around all the heat that was attempting to leave our bodies, caused an incredible thirst. I can still remember the salty taste in my mouth yearning for some water. But the coach would make us run the play until we got it right. I cannot describe the joy in relief when he blew that whistle allowing us to run over and get a drink of water. That water, on that day, stands out as one of best examples of refreshing relief that I have in my memories.
Now let’s take that ‘refreshed relief-visual' of thirst and relate it to one’s need to be refreshed in life from time to time. There are those that God will place in your life that will have a thirst. That ‘salty’ taste the world has given them when they needed provision to eat, to pay a bill or even just to have peace of mind. And look what happened, God placed one of His best servants in their path…you! Quick story:
I heard a testimony this past weekend. A young lady said that she was standing in line at the grocery store and the spirit put on her heart to pay for the person’s groceries that was in line behind her. She said she looked back at the person’s cart and said, “Oh no!” The person behind her had a lot of groceries.
She said to herself, “I just can’t pay for all of that, I don’t have that kind of money.” But the spirit told her, “You do have it, because it has been provided to you.” God has given us what we have so that we may do His will, not for us to hold onto for our own. The young lady continues to testify that she did pay for the groceries and was later blessed with more than she spent.
God is saying in the text, “…the one who gives a drink of water…” The one who provides refreshment, relief, and reassurance to another, will, “…receive water…” They will also receive from the Lord that same refreshment, relief and reassurance.
The bible says in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” ~CSB
Look at it this way, a person prays for God’s help in their time of need. What an honor for Him to have blessed you, to bless them. And because you are obedient and perform the actions of a godly servant, that which you have given will be given back to you, “…pressed down, shaken together, and running over…”
We know this order comes from God because our relationship with the Father is strong. Become that hearer and doer of God’s Word. In doing so, you will become that “…generous person…” A person God will “…enrich…” as only He can. May God continue to bless, keep, and guide you in His Son Jesus’ name.
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