Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 9:18 – For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. (KJV)
Schooling with inadequate funds comes with its own peculiar challenges. Years ago, I was a poor student on campus, and life was not friendly with me then. My pocket money for the month was less than fifty dollars. Out of this little amount, I would pay my tithe as a student. During vacation, I had to engage in odd jobs for extra finances. As a result of my faithfulness in tithing to God, He saw me through my academics with good results and without experiencing carry over. Each time people gave me money, I valued it, and I do not forget what they have done for me.
The Word of God records that we have to show affection to the poor who are always in need and who dwell in our midst.
Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (KJV)
Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. (KJV)
Anyone who gives to the poor will never go unrewarded. Helping the poor is a worthy cause, and it comes with blessings from above. It is a sacrifice that God is well pleased with at all times, and it is a project that can save a soul.
God Almighty is a compassionate God who loves the needy always and has positioned different helpers to attend to them. Any fellow who laughs at the needy laughs at God. God does not want us to close our ears to the cries of the needy. He wants us to help them by seeing them as vulnerable. God cares for everyone, and He does not discriminate. He wants us to do the same.
Have we been turning down the request of the needy and seeing them as a burden to us? Let us repent today and make our Creator happy by assisting them. The cry of the needy ascends to God faster than the cry of the comfortable. Here is a Scripture that we can hold on to and apply on a daily basis:
Psalm 41:1 – Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. (KJV)
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, give us the grace to consider the needy and to see them as dearly beloved at all times. Amen.