The Surprising Blessings That Overtake The Generous


One thing the ?faith preachers? get right is this – if we bless others God will heap blessings on us.

Not because he has to, but because he has graciously promised to. It may not be in the way we expect; we might not always reap cash for cash. But we will definitely reap. The God who promised we won?t lose our reward for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple won?t fail to bless us when we bless others, especially to the poor. ?Sooner or later, his blessings will overtake us like a tidal wave.

Here are a few reasons to give generously:

God promises you’ll be blessed for generosity to the needy.

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. (Proverbs 14:21)

God may bless you financially or he may simply fill you with joy. Hey, I’ll take joy any day of the week.

Light will break in your darkness

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. (Psalm 112:4-5)

After crying out to God in prayer and seeking God in his word, the best thing to do when in a dark situation is to give to others. God promises it will be well with a generous person.

God will bless your children.

He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing. (Psalm 37:26)

Note this says our children ?become? a blessing. It may not happen overnight. But in addition to continuing to pray for our children, give and keep giving, and pray for God to fulfill this promise.

God will protect, deliver and restore you

Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. (Psalm 41:1-3)

God will be honored

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Proverbs 14:31)

When we honor God, he honors us. He does this because generosity to those less fortunate reflects his gracious, generous character.

God considers your giving to the poor as a personal gift to him, which he will be faithful to repay.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17 ESV)

The poor won?t usually be able to pay us back, but God will make sure he does.

Others will water you

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25)

You will reap in the same way you give.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)

God will increase your capacity for every kind of good work.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, ?He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.? (2 CO 9:8-9)

God will enrich you to be increasingly generous.

You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Not only will we increase in generosity, but our blessing others will result in them giving thanks and praise to God.


  • nancy lotinsky says:

    Love this! Thanks for a timely reminder and encouragement to be focused on others.

  • Blaise says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder of God's promises in his word. I can get so wrapped up in life, planning, and activites that I can forget about God's promises for me.

  • Dave L says:

    The Prov 14 quote sounds exactly like the Beattitudes from the sermon on the mount. But there Jesus was /not/ saying, "if you do this, then God will bless you". He was describing what a person looks like who's been transformed by the grace of God in the Gospel.

    Is it possible all these Scripture quotes are pointing to the same thing? The believer gives because he's been given so much. The believer /has/ been blessed (election/regeneration/faith/repentance) and /will/ be blessed in the fulness of the Kingdom.

    Let's not give thinking that we've now obligated God to give (faith preachers) but instead let's give because that's our new identity in Christ – who gave like no other for His bride.

  • Jane Nguyen says:

    Years a go my husband & I was call to plan a new church in our neighbourhood which 20ml away from the church we go,
    to follow His calling, we consulted with our ministry and received full support, the church opened within a year, we gave
    everything we had for God's will, time, energy, money, and above all, our heart into it, we witnessed the attendance from just
    a few families at the begining to full house of the buildings in just about 3 years, we were so joyful of the blessing, but that was to the ministry only, He also fulfil His promise upon our personal life has He had promise in Mathew 25:21, we came as a refugee from VN in empty hand, but since that, God had given us a company that employ more than 100 workers and other investments, and that's not all, more precious than those, He bless our 2 children whose young adult now, our son who's a music director for Harvest Bible Chapel and our daughter is serving as a missionary in N Africa, until today, I am still overwhelming by His blessing. Praise God for His faithfulness!

  • Jeff says:

    Amen! I often wonder how "faith preachers" justify the persecution of the saints in other places…or even that there may just be some believers living in poverty. We are compelled, as the Church, to live to the glory of God in the "already, and not yet" of His kingdom. If it is His will that I not see the temporal blessings on this Earth of living in obedience to Him, then that is my portion here! And Thanks be to God that I am His child!

  • Steve says:

    Whoa! Last time I checked in on the prosperity preachers, all the things you list here (which are biblical) doesn't even come close to the unbiblical message they proclaim. So how is it that you can say they get this right?

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    They get so much wrong, Steve, but they get the principle of giving right, in my opinion, though often they even mess this up by saying things like if you give one dallar, God will give you a hundred back.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Amen Jeff! Totally agree.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Wow! Praise God for his faithfulness!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    I agree Dave, we should never think we obligate God to give. I agree, we give because of our new identity in Christ, who is infinitely generous.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    You\’re welcome, Blaise! I\’m grateful the Lord would encourage you through the post.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Nancy!

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