Genesis 43:19-23: Treasure in your sack.

’19 So they went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20 “We beg your pardon, our lord,” they said, “we came down here the first time to buy food. 21 But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver—the exact weight—in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us. 22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our silver in our sacks.”23 “It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.’NIV

Jesus said, ‘’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 to you’’ (Luke 6:38).  It should be pointed out that Jesus said this in the context of forgiveness, but it tallies with other references in the Bible to God’s blessing on the generous (e.g. Proverbs 11:25).

I know that many Christians who seek to give generously, according to the Bible’s principles, find their ‘treasure’ back in their ‘sacks’. In fact a testimony you will hear again and again goes along these lines: ‘I found I couldn’t give it away. The more I gave, even more seemed to come back.’

Even if God works through people, as He did here (and as He tends to!), he is the One who sees your secret giving, and your needs, and He gets the treasure into your sack.

No-one should set out to follow God because they want to get rich. That’s a completely wrong motive. But those who trust the Lord prove that He supplies their needs – and often more besides. Who can fathom the mysteries of divine economics?

PRAYER: Lord God, please forgive me for those times when a lack of faith holds me back from giving freely. Help me to trust you, and be generous with all you have so abundantly given me.