“There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.”
Using food and farming as metaphors to help form a mental picture is pretty effective in the Bible. Anyone can picture a farmer scattering seed in a pasture, and grain producers would get this proverb immediately.
I’m not saying the farmer would find it any more easier to put the message into practice, just that it’d make sense!
Now for a farmer to get a great harvest he must sow and plant widely and generously. The seed can’t grow if it isn’t in the ground, and to ensure a bountiful produce, the farmer should plant more than necessary.
To not do so, to be super careful and keep back more than is going to produce a good harvest will backfire. A bit of risk is healthy and necessary. Ultimately this is a metaphor for being generous in all of life.
We have been blessed with many good things, and God desires us to respond in thankfulness. He delights in a generous giver who cheerfully gives back what was God’s anyway. This can also apply what we withhold from people around us.
A godly person must not be a hoarder of his wealth. Even the ungodly world likes and gives honour to celebrities who start up or give to a charity a tiny portion of their wealth.
So why should we be generous with our seeds/time/money?
Simply because it is a waste to hoard it. If you need another reason, God also desires it and commands it.
What is “more than right” to hold back?
You have to make that decision, but a good indicator is if you are too stingy to get little things to enjoy for yourself, you probably also aren’t being generous to God or others.
This is a stern warning to the miser, that a poverty of sorts will fall on him.
Maybe the dollar will drop out of the market or because of the lack of effort he puts into friendship, he ends up emotionally bankrupt.
Whatever he is holding back, he is bound to be missing out on the harvest he could have had. Amen.
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Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word?
If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.
Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.