Believer’s Daily Treasure

Benevolence

Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

[Jas 1:27 NET]

The poor are always with us here:

’Tis our great Father’s plan,

That mutual wants and mutual care

Should bind us man to man.

Today With God

First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world.

[Rom 1:8 NET]

Paul was a model pastor.

To begin with, he was unalterably devoted to Christ. Then he loved people with a love that was wondrously like the love of Christ. Here he thanks God for the friends to whom he is writing, especially for their faith. Then he appeals to God to witness to the sincerity of his interest in them, which led him unceasingly to make mention of them in his prayers.

The prayer which at that time was in his heart was that he might be prospered in his desire to get them at Rome. He longed to see them. The reason he thus so wished to see them shows a most lofty spiritual motive.

His desire was purely unselfish – “that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift.” Here we have a high ideal for all friendship.

We should always want to do our friends good. Every time we meet them we should wish to do something for them – to give them some cheer, some comfort, to put a little new courage into their hearts.

Faith’s Checkbook

The Lord’s “Much More”

Amaziah asked the prophet: “But what should I do about the hundred talents of silver I paid the Israelite troops?” The prophet replied, “The Lord is capable of giving you more than that.”

[2 Chr 25:9 NET]

If you have made a mistake, bear the loss of it; but do not act contrary to the will of the Lord. The Lord can give you much more than you are likely to lose; and if He does not, will you begin bargaining and chaffering with God. The king of Judah had hired an army from idolatrous Israel, and he was commanded to send home the fighting men because the Lord was not with them. He was willing to send away the host, only he grudged paying the hundred talents for nothing. Oh, for shame! If the Lord will give the victory without the hirelings, surely it was a good bargain to pay their wages and to be rid of them.

Be willing to lose money for conscience’ sake, for peace’s sake, for Christ’s sake. Rest assured that losses for the Lord are not losses. Even in this life they are more than recompensed: in some cases the Lord prevents any loss from happening. As to our immortal life, what we lose for Jesus is invested in heaven. Fret not at apparent disaster but listen to the whisper, “The Lord is able to give thee much more than this.”