An Element of Faith
Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
This passage from Psalms supports the truth that the Bible has everything we need for life and godliness (see 2 Peter 1:3). It seems like common sense to some people to be generous and deal fairly, but what human nature notices right away is that “good” comes to those who don’t give generously because one will have more money if they keep their money. Lending generously involves an element of faith, so does conducting business fairly; you just don’t know the outcome ahead of time. It’s easy to share and be fair if you’re absolutely sure of the future as people basically don’t have a problem with working from their leftovers.
But there are no stipulations on Psalm 112:5. It doesn’t say to do these things only if you have excess to spare. Lending generously is an act of faith since we don’t know if what we shared will be replaced. Conducting business fairly is risky since the other party might not be doing the same. Obeying God’s Word involves faith, that is, trusting that he will provide and have our backs!
And it is impossible to please God without faith. (Hebrews 11:6)
Thank you for all the nuggets of truth found in your Word guiding how we should live. Help me to be generous and fair because I desire to obey you more than to look out for myself. I put all of my hope and trust in you and I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.