Generous Eyes

Proverbs 22:9

“He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.”
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.” – NKJV


Have you ever heard the phrase, “Never say never?” I heard it a lot in the days before the birth of my first child. I would say things like, “I will NEVER let my child…” That’s when people who knew better would offer insight based on their own experiences.

There are some decisions that should be made in advance, however; decisions preceded by a firm absolute. For example, I have said many times that I will never let my daughters leave the house looking like a “prostitot,” and I mean it.

But what about the word always? Isn’t that an absolute statement we should avoid? Should we always be giving? Should we always be generous?


My father, a generous man, told me, “Son, if a bum on the street walks up to you and asks for a dollar, always give what you can…you never know who it might be.” He would never “withhold” when he had the power to give something (Prov. 3:27), and he was a firm believer in the possibility that every beggar could be a heavenly messenger:  “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2).

But more importantly, my father was wise enough to understand that it’s not really about what we give and to whom, although that is important; it’s about the heart. A person with a “bountiful eye” loves to give, especially to those who are less fortunate. Like the Good Samaritan, we are not told to question why our neighbor is lying in the ditch, or how he came to be in that situation, but to offer kindness and generosity. Even when it is impossible to give money, a sacrifice of kindness is always appropriate.


When we give blessings we get blessings in return. It may not be in this life, but the promises of God are true: he who has a generous eye WILL be blessed.

Doesn’t it make you feel good to give? Wouldn’t you like to come into a bunch of money and then use it to fund an orphanage, provide for struggling families, or give to missions? Well, it doesn’t take a few people giving a lot, just a lot of people with a heart for giving.

Remember, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given” (Prov. 19:17 NKJV). God is no man’s debtor.


About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor, artist, and musician. Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. Holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him! Matthew 5:16 View all posts by Anthony Baker

4 responses to “Generous Eyes

  • robertjgood

    Homeless possibly being angels-excellent thought.

  • Julia

    What a beautiful message here brother……..I Love that passage from hebrews on angels unaware,for it’s true…..I was in florida one time and helped a man on the street,who immediately called me sister and it turned out he had fell on hard times and how God was intervining in his life….it was a genuine visit with an angel that day…he taught me many things and I was sad to leave such a great person!God Bless You for the Love you show towards him here!

  • backthewaywecame

    Thank you so much for this post. I recently began meditating on Matthew 6:22, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good…bad…” In the parable of the guy who paid everyone the same amount though they all started working for him at different times, the man in the parable says, (Matt 20:17), “Or is your eye evil because I am good?” I will certainly add the above scripture to my studies. It has been a great caution to me, how I see things, and was quite astonished to find that I had a “weighing scale” in my “eye.” I asked the Lord how to get rid of this “scale,” and he pointed me to a passage of scripture I had never really liked and tended to skip over it – 1 Cor. 13, especially from verse 4. What a powerful antidote to an “evil eye.” May we all have bountiful eyes to put to death our evil eyes.

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