He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13
As I’ve read through the Bible over the years, I’ve noticed this reoccurring pattern: God expects us to take care of the poor. I realized this again while reading the last 10 chapters of Proverbs. You read the verse above, but here are a few more verses related to the poor:
- Proverbs 22:9,16 & 22
- Proverbs 24:11
- Proverbs 28:27
- Proverbs 31:20
We recently had the president of Operation Mobilization USA come speak to our church. It was heartbreaking to see that people in other parts of the world suffer so much pain and hunger. Believe it our not, slavery is at an all-time high in our present age. The sex trafficking rate continues to rise. Once again, God has reminded me why He’s blessed me so much: so I can give more. I’ve enjoyed giving to those nearby and those far away—Compassion & World Vision. But I keep asking myself—am I giving enough?
Thank you, God for your abundant blessings. Open my eyes to those around me in need and to those who suffer despair.
Here are some more finds this week in the Book of Proverbs:
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go.
Proverbs 23:4-5 Wealth is a temporary, fleeting thing.
Proverbs 24:16 The children of God never give up.
Proverbs 25:17 Be careful that you don’t wear out your welcome.
Proverbs 26:13 Lazy people can make some crazy excuses.
Proverbs 27:2 Better to let others praise you.
Proverbs 27:6,17 Listen to good friends even when it hurts.
Proverbs 28:1 The righteous are bold as lions.
Proverbs 29:8 Wise people turn away anger.
Proverbs 30:8-9 Keep your life condition away from extremes.
Proverbs 31:10-31 The excellent wife.
I hope you have enjoyed my posts on Proverbs. As with most things, inspiration is the first step, but we actually change and become closer to God by doing. While you’ve read through the Book of Proverbs, what have these timeless verses inspired you to do?