(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
The one who acquires good sense loves himself; one who safeguards understanding finds success…Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and He will give a reward to the lender. (Proverbs 19:8,17 HCSB)
Success is grounded in common sense and pursuing understanding.
According to verse 17, success in handling money is grounded in the common sense that the poor will always be with us, and in the understanding that our money isn’t really ours but God’s and that sharing our resources with the poor isn’t unnoticed by him.
We give to the poor not in order to receive a reward but in order to practice good money sense and to follow the desires of the true owner of everything.