Today From Psalms

The Poor

Jesus said that the poor will be with us always. And so they are. We are faced almost on a daily basis with the poverty of humanity. Some are poor because of circumstances they cannot control. War and famine cause much of the suffering of man around the world. The innocent suffer because of it and remain locked in a cycle of poverty they cannot easily break.   Some are poor because of choice. They chose not to work and change their status in life. But they are still part of that segment of humanity we call “poor.” Some people think they are poor because they compare themselves with those who have so much more than they.

There are different types of poverty. There is physical poverty – not having the basic necessities of life. There is educational poverty which includes those who lack the opportunity to learn how to better themselves. The greatest level of poverty is spiritual poverty. These know not God nor His Word.

“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” Psalms 41:1

No matter the cause of the poverty or the nature of it, God says we are to “consider” them.

It is far too easy for us who are blessed with sufficient to live a good life, to look upon the poor with distain, criticism or just disregard. But how should we respond? Again Psalm 41:1 says “Blessed is he that considereth the poor.”

As we see those who are poor we should thank God for His grace in our life. Why some are poor and some are not is beyond me. But I know I am blessed and in this I can thank God, especially when I am confronted with those who have less. This should never, though, lead to a prideful attitude but genuine humility of heart.

Then what can I do and what should I do for those who are poor? The answer to the question is individual in nature and dependent on the circumstances. I am sure, if we truly allow the Spirit of God to lead us, we will do what is right.

To those who are lacking the gospel of Jesus Christ we can always give them the bread of life and the living water.

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