‘Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble’ (Eph. 6:12, NLT).
In the world of today only a few folks show concern for the well being of others. Most people no longer give to the needy. A few who give have ulterior motives. Giving is now operated like a kind of trade by barter system. What that means is: “If I don’t have any hope of getting anything in return, then it makes no sense to give you what I have”. It saddens God that only very few people care about the poor or the needy today.
Sometimes we need to put ourselves in the place of the poor, the sick and the weak ones. We are so engrossed with personal pursuits that we neglect those who need our little help. At times, it’s not about money. It’s just about being caring. As insignificant as it is, a simple phone call can brighten up a sick mind. A few words of encouragement can inspire the weak. Sharing from the little we have can light up the soul of the needy. There are actually little things that make a big difference.
Is your heart open to the poor? Is your heart open to the needy? Are the needy accommodated in your budget? Do you become upset when you have to help someone? Do you care about needy neighbours? Do you have pity for those who are suffering? Do you care for the aged? Do you support charity organizations when you have the means? Truly it can be quite uneasy to help when you barely have enough yourself. But like that widow who gave her all, you can always give no matter how little it seems.
Have you ever been hungry with no hope of food from anywhere? Have you been so stranded that you feel like dying? Have you ever gone for a whole day or two without any food in your stomach, due to lack? These may sound impossible to you but they are some folks’ constant experiences. Do you waste food when some don’t have any to eat? Do you spend your money on irrelevant things when you can actually help someone? Do you even care to imagine how terrible and pained the needy feel?
The word of God said in Proverbs 19:17: “If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD – and he will repay you!” That’s how seriously God cares about the poor. God doesn’t not come down to help the poor. He only touches our hearts to do so. And when we do it, the poor thank Him for remembering them in their low estate. The good thing is that God rewards us for helping them. Dear friend we all need help in one way or the other. As we help those we can help, others too who can help us will do the same. May we receive the grace of kindness. In Jesus name!
Today’s corporate prayer: I receive the spirit of compassion and giving. In the name of Jesus!
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