It’s Hard To Help Someone Up With Your Fists Clenched

Helpful people have to be openhanded people in order to help others.

Tightfisted people may try to help, but they’ll probably bring more hurt than help.

In just one chapter of Deuteronomy (the book that is helping prepare the people to live in the Promised Land) there are several starkly-contrasted words. In fact, these words hardly appear anywhere else in the book, except in this chapter, teaching us how to help the down-and-outer. Like this one:

If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.

Throughout this chapter, look at the contrasting words…

  • Hardhearted  //  Openhearted
  • Tightfisted  //  Openhanded
  • Grudging heart  //  Give generously
  • Stingy  //  Freely lend
  • Empty-handed  //  Supply liberally

God tells us, “There should be no poor among you.” And, “Give to the poor as the Lord has blessed you.”

Do you know why we’re to give to the poor? So we can receive a greater blessing. Check this out:

Give generously to the poor and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.(v. 10)

A tightfisted person cannot catch a blessing from God—only the openhanded person can.

A hardhearted person cannot feel God’s love—only the openhearted person can.

Pretty simple: if you want to be blessed, then generously bless others.

Now let’s go do it!

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