Proverbs 11 (ESV)
11 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
7 When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth[a] perishes too.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
9 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 A gracious woman gets honor,
and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,
but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[b]
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
Proverbs 11:25 sounds very counter-cultural. Our selfish, self-involved society would tell us that by blessing and investing into others, we would be become depleted. And on a human level, doesn’t that make sense? If I pour myself out for others, bless others often, I will have nothing left to give?
This Scripture assures us that the exact opposite will occur.
Ok…so how does that work all the tired mamas said? We pour ourselves out day after day, moment after moment. And we’re tired. I’ll be honest….I’m worn out. My candle isn’t burning at both ends…I think my candle has a few extra ends and they’re blazing too.
So how do I bring blessings to others and water the lives of others?
The list is, honestly, endless. But the how and the what aren’t the key to this verse.
It’s the why that matters.
The key to this verse is your motive.
If you are doing things to bless others, water the lives of others for any other reason than from the overflow of a heart connected to Jesus, your motives aren’t pure, and aren’t what this verse is referring to.
If we want to be enriched by blessing others and be watered, we first need to approach the well of the Lord and fill ourselves up. Spend time in the Word, in prayer, in worship. Get filled up so we can slosh God’s love all over everyone around us.
This is how we bless others, how we water them.
Not with us, but with Him.
But we need to spend time with Him to make this happen.
And I realize that many days, I do not invest the time at Jesus’ feet that I would like. And when I then wonder why I’m worn out, why I’m struggling to pour into my family and friends, it shouldn’t surprise me.
Because when I’m empty of Him…..I’m empty. Period. Running on fumes. Tired and grumpy.
If you’re feeling empty today, I invite you to spend a few minutes in prayer, reading Scripture (re-read Proverbs 11 above), listening to worship music. It will fill you. Not forever, and not even enough to get through the day. But it’s a start. It’s a drop in the bucket that you want to fill. It may not be easy to find a few moments to do it, but I can promise it will be worth it.
Hang on friend. He’s there, He loves you, and He’s ready to fill you up. Seek Him. Tell Him you love Him. Sing Him a song. Thank Him for something. You won’t be sorry.