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Proverbs 22:9

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.


A bountiful eye is an eye that sees good. It is an eye that sees life with an attitude of, “It is well with me.” This same word was used in Genesis 1:4 and was translated as “good”. Genesis 1:4, “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” God saw the light that it was good because God has a bountiful eye. There was light and darkness together but that didn’t dim or obscure God’s bountiful eyesight. He saw the good or the light in the middle of the darkness and divided the light from the darkness.


I’m afraid that many times I don’t see the good in situations because I am focusing on the darkness.


A bountiful eye sees good even if it’s mixed in with darkness. A bountiful comes from an attitude of it is well with me.


We are commanded to love the LORD with all of our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is no wonder that we are unable to love our neighbor when we are unable to see our own life through a bountiful eye of, “It is well with me.” If we have an eye of lack instead of a bountiful eye we have nothing to give our neighbor.


Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery and ended up in prison. Yet because Joseph had a bountiful eye and saw life as, “It is well with me” he ended up as second to only Pharaoh in the land of Egypt and during seven long years of drought he had plenty to give to his brothers. Both natural food and love and forgiveness of their betrayal and hatred toward him.


LORD please heal our eyes of lack today and give us a bountiful eye that we might see the light in the darkness as you did.