When we talk about life and activities today, we seem to differentiate between pre-pandemic and post-pandemic. The pandemic has changed our lives forever. Who can forget that period of 2020 when death gripped the world and young and old, rich, and poor were placed on a level playing field. Many survived the pandemic but still live with the consequences.
As a result, there are many who lost their businesses, their jobs, and their homes; some were able to recover while others cannot find their way out of the pit. More people need help than before but how many are willing to help? Psalm 41:1 NLT tells us, “Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.” This is in sharp contrast to what we see nowadays; we don’t want to see those in dire need. But God is concerned about everyone; He cares about the poor and the needy.
When we look into the word of God there are many promises for those who treat the less fortunate with kindness. Proverbs 21:13 says, “Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.” When you see people in need and purposely ignore their cries for help, God will hear you when you cry out to Him. Proverbs 28:27 tells us, “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”
We want God to bless our us and our families. Yet we believe the only way to have more is to save more. That does not provide us with the opportunity to help those in need . Even people of faith can become so concerned about what we have and what we want to accomplish that we fail to see the needs of others. “The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched, And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown].” (Proverbs 11:12 AMP)
Thought for Today: Friend, take the time to be a blessing.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.