Friday, August 05, 2011

Consider the Poor

 1Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
 2The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
 3The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. 

Consider the Poor
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

How much time or effort do we put into considering the poor? Do we even consider the poor to be our responsibility? After all, is it not the duty of governments or the church to take care of their poor? 
The Psalmist tells us that the Lord will deliver the poor in times of trouble, but just how does the Lord do that? Could it be that God is expecting His children to show compassion on the poor? Could it be that we are the very ones God is planning to use to deliver the poor in times of trouble?

When we come to Christ many things change; our hearts that were once motivated by selfishness are now tuned to Christ. Rightly we ask, "What would Jesus do?" We do not have to go to a foreign missionary field to serve the Lord; as a matter of fact, he has given each one of His children their own personal missionary field right where they are.

Yes, we need to be concerned about the poor in other parts of the world, but we need to especially be concerned about the poor in our own neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries. Ours is not a salvation by works, meaning our works do not save us. However, evidence of that salvation in our hearts and lives is made known by our works.

So, I would ask you this day to consider the poor. What are some things you could do right where you live to help those who do not have the means to help themselves? Remember, too, your help does not have to be the giving of money. For example, perhaps you could serve your neighbor by staying with her small children one afternoon a week so that she could have some well-deserved time for herself. Maybe your neighbor just needs a friend; perhaps God has placed you right where you are so you could be that friend.

How different would our world be if all true Christians took seriously God's commandment to consider the poor?

God Bless You,
Linda

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