Proverbs 3:27 – 28KJV
“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee”.
As heaven-bound children of God, the above instruction from the scripture is as important as “forgive those that offend you ‘seventy times seven’ times in a day” or any commandment whatsoever the Lord has commanded us. But nowadays we hear common sensical counsel that makes the above scripture ‘practically bearable’. One that an individual may be apt to believe. You will hear statements like:
“Wisdom is needed in giving people something oo (for instance money)… Not every person that comes to ask you for money you are to give it to, even when you have it readily with you. They will think you are father Christmas”.
I believe quite a number of us have heard or said this before. I agree with you. Some of this help-seekers will take one for ‘Father Christmas’ — one that goes about giving gifts for free. I also agree with this counsel: “it is better to teach a man to fish than to give him fish”.
However let’s interpret this scripture with the simple mind of a child and not as a wise professor that we are. I believe the scriptural instruction is direct. It is not ambiguous, and the only clause that can make this statement non and void is ‘when the good is not in the power of thy hand’ i.e. you don’t readily have the help being asked of you.
The passage said “WITHOLD NOT GOOD..” So I want to believe you will agree with me, we can’t extract from this scripture statements like: “only give once or twice; if the individual comes again, apply wisdom in telling him you can’t — you are not father christmas; moreover you have your own responsibilities to cater for”
In as much as it is good to advise the individual always coming to ask for help; I believe we are not to hold back from any that ask from us, when we have the capability to help at the time the help is being asked.
There is a level of wealth a man will attain that whatever money assistance an individual asked for, he will not feel it as anything. It is because we have not achieved this exceedingly great wealth that makes us act miserly with someone who keeps coming to ask. This exceedingly great wealth level is what God desires for us by reason of the above scripture and many other scriptures.
Hear what 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV says:
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to EVERY good work:”
I will like us to imagine what answer will Jesus give, if He were to be asked How often should we give to someone who keeps coming back to ask for more. I believe His answer won’t be any different from that which He gave on how often we should forgive our neighbour who offends us in a day: “Seventy times Seven in a day”! Jesus said. Matthew 18:22
Therefore our prayer should be: Lord please bless me with exceedingly great wealth, and a loving heart that I will not be able to withhold myself from doing the good within my capabilities. The answer to this prayer will disperse any miserly common-sensical counsel of any wise professor.
So help me God. Amen