Considering where our eyes rest is always important. However, how we see is also important because two individuals may view the same sight differently. This reminds me of the two shoe salesmen sent to another country who wrote back to the company with contrasting perspectives. The first wrote, “No use, no one wears shoes.” The second wrote, “World of opportunity. No one has shoes.”


 Solomon wrote. . .

 “ (9) Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.(Proverbs 22:9 ESV)


 If our focus rests merely on the bounty of our possessions, we may find ourselves trusting in them and hording them for ourselves. (i.e. Luke 12:16-19) It is interesting how one can give so freely and be blessed further while another holds back and suffers want. (Proverbs 11:24) In view of our possessions, we ought to consider how they can be wisely used to the glory of God! Just as our work is not merely for our own living (note Ephesians 4:28), can we consider the bounty of which we have been blessed and see the bounty of opportunities to share with those in need? Let us be willing to give as we trust the Lord to reward even the giving unknown to others. (i.e. Matthew 6:3-4)


  The writer of Hebrews urged. . .

   (16) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.(Hebrews 13:16 ESV)


            The bountiful eye can lead to a liberal hand. Therefore, as we consider the bountiful ways in which God has blessed us, may we be pleased to have opportunities to share and so please God!




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