Have you ever just not felt like doing something? You weren’t tired or busy. Nothing was stopping you. There was no real reason not to do it — other than the fact that you simply were not in the mood. We can all experience this slothfulness from time to time, but according to the inspired Word of God we should never let it interfere with being a blessing to others. This brings us to our key text for today coming out of Proverbs 3:27 — 30, 33 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. 28 Say not unto thy *neighbor, “Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give,” when thou hast it by thee. 29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm….33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked, but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
*Not only refering to your literal neighbor but also your fellow man or woman in general
This scripture, in essence, is telling us, “If you can be a blessing to someone else, don’t hold out on them when you KNOW you can help them out.” After all, God does not do that to us. He never says, “I don’t feel like helping anyone today.” Despite our imperfect nature, God still lets us live to see another day. He clothes us, feeds us, and more. If God can bless us, surely we bless others with that which He has provided us, and it does not always mean material things. If and elder, for example, asks if you will rake the leaves in their yard, you can be a blessing to them with the strength and health the Lord has bestowed upon you.
Next, this scripture tells us not to plan any evil against anyone. Those familiar with the scriptures know that the Bible also says, “The battle is not yours; it’s the Lord’s.” God also says in His Word that vengence belongs to only Him. Furthermore, we can conclude in modern terms from this particular passage, “If you don’t have enough energy to be nice to someone, you ought not have the strength to come against someone who hasn’t even done anything to you.” Last but certainly not least, this text tells us that God will bless those who walk uprightly by living out His Word.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.