Book: Proverbs 17
“Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.”
When major disaster strikes there seems to be two types of people that respond, those that try to help the misfortunate and those who are quick to get on social media and declare with glee that they had it coming to them.
In recent months there was the monster fire that swept through Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta, destroying homes and businesses. Residents had to flee and in some cases drive on roads with ember’s falling on their vehicles. Amazingly, the whole city was evacuated, 85,000+ people, safely. Some people rushed north to provide free gas to vehicles that had run out of fuel, while others opened their homes to receive strangers who did not have a place to stay. Unfortunately there were a few who were quick to respond by declaring these oil cities who had raped the land where getting what they deserved.
Mathew 25:38-41 says, “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.”
When you see the poor or hear of a misfortune what is your response? Does your attitude reflect that of serving the Lord? Take time with the Lord asking Him who and how He might want you to reach out to the misfortunate today.