God Borrows From Me?

12/30/2016

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If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD--and he will repay you! – Proverbs 19:17

Now hold on a second.

God the Creator, who breathed the Universe into existence, doesn’t need anything from me, right? What could the Great I Am possibly be lacking that He, in his infinite Glory, has to borrow? Yet scripture is clear that when we help the poor, we lend to the Lord. I admit that I looked up all the translations (which were practically verbatim) and even the Hebrew. And while the word often means and connotes a “joining,” I think this verse means just what it says it means.

When we make a loan to someone, it is understood that we’re going to get it back at some point. But certainly this verse is not about “earning points” with God and securing a better seat at the Heavenly Banquet. Perhaps it has more to do with why we help and how we expect to get “paid back.” Spurgeon writes:

We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and if we look to Him in the matter we must not look to the second party. What an honour the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favoured who has the Lord on his books.

God is telling us, “do this for Me. I’m the one who will pay you back.” How many times have you seen someone “give to the poor” but with the compounded interest of wanting to be properly thanked or appreciated? But if it is God borrowing from you, then you know that He’s good for it and that it will bring you into closer relationship. (Maybe that “joining” aspect comes into play after all!)

Make a loan to God today! Sure, He can simply reach down and fix things. But sometimes He prefers to do business with us.

And if the Cross told us anything, it’s that He’ll go to any lengths to settle a debt.

 

 

"What an honour the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favoured who has the Lord on his books."

- Charles Spurgeon

 

 

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