Marquis de Lafayette was a French officer who provided invaluable assistance to George Washington & the struggling American army. After the war was over, he returned to France & resumed his life as a farmer of many estates.
In 1783, the harvest was a terrible one & there were many who suffered as a result. Lafayette’s farms were unaffected by the devastating crop failures. One of his workers offered what seemed to be good advice to Lafayette, “The bad harvest has raised the price of wheat. This is the time to sell.”
After thinking about the hungry peasants in the surrounding villages, Lafayette disagreed & said, “No, this is the time to give.”
God blesses us not just for our own benefit, but also so that we can be a blessing to others in need. The tendency to hoard & try to build up more & more is a dangerous one & the best antidote to greed is to be a generous giver.
There is certainly no shortage of people in need today & while we cannot meet every need, if we do what we can, God will multiply resources so that it is enough.
- Daniel Lioy (ministry127.com)
Pro 19:17 (GNB): "When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back."