“The people will curse him who withholds grain,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.” – Proverbs 11:26
It’s one thing to be a careful manager of your assets, and another thing to be so stingy that other people suffer because of it.
This proverb points out how a supplier of food who keeps back his stock receives nothing but bitterness from his customers. The people normally relying on him are left wanting and let loose curses onto his head. The other part of the verse then talks of the generous supplier who is roundly blessed by his customers because he provided his stock for consumption.
The issue in this instance is a supplier who decides for whatever reason to keep back his normal supply from the public. Those reliant on his service are in need now, and call him out on his greed. They are keenly attuned to the fact he is holding out on them!
He could very well be holding out to buffer the period of time until the next delivery of food, but that doesn’t help the customers in need, and they are indignant.
The supplier who does keep up a steady supply receives praise and prayer, instead.
Now, what can we learn from this as Christians?
For one thing, what could be excused as wise management could be inconsiderate action with little thought for others. Wise management of what we have is often not just about us, but also about those in need or who have expectations of us. We could have a very clear and safe savings plan, but leave out any extra for the poor or those in emergency situations.
May we remember all we have is from God, and He wants us to be generous and cheerful givers.
More reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
—Thoughts or questions? Write them down in the comment section below! 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.