“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 KJV)
The bullet point for me in this chapter (and there could certainly be many others) is made a bit clearer by the NASB, and points to the idea, once again, that how we sow is the source of how we shall reap – as in scattering seeds of Good, Generosity, and Love. Someone who “withholds what is justly due” is someone who will eventually wind up being in want. A “liberal soul” is translated as “the generous man” who will be made prosperous. (This isn’t necessarily about the size of his waistline, as one might think from the KJV.)
Scripture is full of metaphysical Wisdom like this! When I use the word metaphysical, I’m not talking about a lot of New Age woo woo. I’m talking about it meaning Divine laws of cause and effect which our Creator has lovingly put in place throughout the created order. (Prayer is one form nearly everyone is familiar with when it comes to metaphysical activity where we call upon God, Who is Spirit, Who sets into motion all things in the realms of space, time, and physicality.)
The generous sowing of “seed” is a key to wholeness and abundance. It has nothing to do with wishing or thinking yourself rich or well. It’s not about “naming, claiming, and framing”. It has everything to do with the Law of sowing and reaping – our participation in concert with our Lord in bringing things into being. It also has everything to do with the quality of purity of heart where material gain is not the object and desire, but the desire to know God alone and to express the qualities of godliness in this world – so that, like Jesus, if someone sees us, they have “seen the Father” – they know and experience what God is like, since He expresses His endless Love and Good through His blood bought sons and daughters.
God expresses His generosity to all of Life through us! To give freely and with abandon is especially effective when we are fully surrendered and without selfish ego desires – when self is altogether out of the way. We become the instrument through which the Lord creates His special brand of “harmony”, His song of Love to all that is, especially to any who need and desire to know Him, so that they may find their way to Him.
When we give anything from the heart, it is like a seed – it grows and bears fruit as it becomes abundance, returning to us in surprising ways. Jesus says it like this: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
Heaven’s “economy” is one of fearlessness. It’s not about getting, hoarding, competing, and all the methods of the world – based on the finite and therefore the limited. It is also about seeing the self no longer standing in the way of infinite blessing like a mountain that needs to be removed, but instead understanding that self has died with Christ and has been put away, so that we no longer live according to its petty dictates and whiny wants, but in the glorious liberty of the sons of God. In heaven’s economy, the generous prosper with a pure heart cleansed in repentance and faith. It is a clear and pure generosity radiating the Light and Love of Heaven on Earth. The one who waters will himself be watered!
It comes down to a matter of awareness, of “Christian consciousness”, in a verse that tripped me up years ago when I first became aware of it. “For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.” (Mark 4:25).
At first glance this seemed almost unfair, but after awhile of considering and pondering it, I understood that it could be considered in terms of being one with God through Christ Jesus: there’s an awareness at some point that we are indeed one with our Heavenly Father. If there is a place of being a “have” rather than a “have not”, would it not be in the very Presence of God within Whom we live, move, and have our being?
In this frame of awareness, we are “he that hath”! Then nothing is impossible. Within Him we become the “generous man”. “…freely ye have received, freely give.” (Mark 10:8b) It is the one who actually has the awareness (faith) that in God he has all things who can be generous and magnanimous, not just with money or things, but with love, compassion, and magnanimity on many levels. It is to the one who lives in the mindset of this awareness who receives in kind in endless abundance, whatever he sows.
But if there is belief that we lack in any respect, then it becomes evident that fear and stinginess in every area of life will be what is reflected back to us.
I could go on for days in this train of thought, but will only conclude with this: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1,2)
The question each must ask himself is, is my heart the throne of God and of the Lamb? Might these “ever-bearing fruits” be what is provided through the one who “scattereth yet increaseth” on all levels, spiritually as well as physically? Is His “living water” flowing from my innermost being?
I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to draw your own conclusion, keeping in mind: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)