Book: Proverbs 28
“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”
If you owned two of the same businesses, one of them consistently made a profit while the other one always just broke even, even with extra effort being put into it, which would you be willing to put more of your hard earned cash into? I think all of us would be more likely to invest in the profitable one. Why? Because it is more likely to do what it was designed to do and that is to make money. Since that company consistently does well, you would want to try to maximize its potential.
When we give to the poor, we are actually being a conduit of God’s resources and love to others or in other words doing what we were made to do. He will continue to send resources our way if they continue to end up where He wants them. If we hold back resources He has destined for the poor, why would we expect we would receive more. Yes, He may cut the resources off and we will lack.
God notices what we do with our resources. In the story of Cornelius in Acts 10:31 it says, “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God.” Earlier in the chapter it says that Cornelius “gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly.”
When James, Peter and John recognized Paul’s gifting and ministry it says, “Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do.” (Galatians 2:10) The Apostle Paul understood the importance and calling to help the poor. This is often not the ministry we think of when we think of him. Paul knew what it was like to have much and little but he always had enough.
Take some time and consider how you care for the poor. Ask the Lord to show you ways that you can help and care for the poor. In our western culture we often immediately assume that caring for the poor means giving money. For many, their needs go far deeper than money and sometimes giving them a listening ear can go a long way.