Proverbs 20: Grasping

prov 20.14

Prov 20:14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless!” then brags about getting a bargain!…23 The Lord detests double standards…

Prov 19:22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

Prov 1:31-33 They shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

Some people demand much but work hard to avoid giving back. They hide what they have or find ways to avoid contributing. They work to find loopholes and pigeonhole everything they can get, with the rationale that others do the same if they’re smart. All this twisting and justifying, hiding and rationalizing takes a mental toll. It makes a person suspicious, pessimistic and hard to be around. Ironically, this striving reinforces their belief that everyone is out to get them and they must make the first strike. This is what I call the Grasping mentality. If you live like you have to grab all you can, then you’d better hold onto it, because it’s all you’re going to get.

On the other hand, people who live with God as their source understand that material circumstances do not define happiness. They are able to be generous and live with the ease that comes from trusting God for a good life. In the process, they find themselves blessed, because God enjoys giving to people who will bless others. That’s how much of His work gets done.

Lord, help us to look with anticipation for what You want to give us, because it brings way more joy than we can grab. Help us to set aside the distrust we feel in others, because people are fallen, but You are completely trustworthy, so we can expect You–not others–to take great care of us.

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