Morning, October 26, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the LORD of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.” — Haggai 1:9
Uncharitable souls skimp on their contributions to the ministry and missionary operations, and call such saving good economy; little do they dream that they are consequently impoverishing themselves. Their excuse is that they must care for their own families, and they forget that to neglect the house of God is the sure way to bring ruin upon their own houses. Our God has a method in his wise provision by which he can cause our endeavors to succeed beyond our expectation, or can defeat our plans to our confusion and dismay; by a turn of his hand he can steer our vessel in a profitable direction, or run it aground in poverty and bankruptcy. It is the teaching of Scripture that the Lord enriches the liberal giver and leaves the miserly to find out that withholding tends to poverty. In a very wide sphere of observation, I have noticed that the most generous Christians in my acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean, ungenerous miser descend to poverty by the very thriftiness by which he thought to rise to wealth. Men trust good stewards with larger and larger sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; he gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed, the Lord makes a little to be very much, by the contentment which the consecrated heart feels in the portion of the tithe which has been dedicated to the Lord. Selfishness looks first to home, but godliness seeks first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; yet in the long run selfishness is loss, and godliness is great gain. It takes faith to act towards our God with an open hand, but surely he deserves it of us; and all that we can do is still a very poor acknowledgment of our amazing indebtedness to his goodness.