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Daily Devotionals

Day 33 – Issue 40

todayMay 1, 2015 1

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Be Still Know

Proverbs 17.5 NLT

‘Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.’

Every society has poor people and Jesus affirmed that that would always be the case. But that doesn’t mean that we should be unconcerned for the poor. The whole Bible encourages us to take the needs of the poor seriously and do everything we can to support them. Leviticus gave some very practical advice to ensure that the poor were helped. “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19.9-10)

Our verse is particularly concerned about those who look down on the poor and who even mock them. This isn’t merely rude but an insult to God who will ensure that those who rejoice at the misfortune of others are punished. We need to ensure that we show respect
to the poor for the powerful reason that they, like us, have been made in the image of God. They have infinite worth and are loved by God just as much as we are.

God has given us all a responsibility to care for the poor and so we all need to discover ways to do that. We may be able to give specific financial or other practical help to poor people that we know. And if we don’t know any poor people there are many organisations that we can support from food banks and debt advice services to charities that work in developing countries, many of which face horrifying levels of poverty. There is action that all of us can take and, because of our love for a God who cares passionately for all, we need to find our own way of responding.

Question: How can you support poor people in your own community?

Prayer: Lord God, forgive me for those times when I have overlooked the needs of poor people. Please show me what I can do to help. Amen

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Written by: Rufus Olaniyan

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