Maybe I didn’t want to see them, because in doing so, I’d have to do something about them. And I certainly did not want that!
“Why don’t they just get a job?”
“I’d be poor too, if I didn’t take charge of my life.”
How I wrongly judged those in need and those considered poor. It about makes me ill when I think back to how hardhearted I was back then.
But God didn’t leave me there.
He, in His infinite wisdom and power (and sense of humor, I might add), brought me face-to-face with those very people. He placed me in a position to serve Him by serving them, and to love Him by loving them. God transformed my heart, and taught me to love “those people.”
As we continue to peer into the life of the woman of Proverbs 31, I wonder if something like this happened to her? Or did she just naturally have the desire to “assist anyone in need” and “reach out to help the poor?”
Friends, it seems to me helping the poor and those in need was just as much a part of her life as taking care of her family and conducting business. Can you and I say that about ourselves?
When “those people” invited me into their lives, I became their friend. I learned of their stories, their hopes, their sorrows, their lives. I began to understand homelessness, poverty, mental illness and the such. It became clear to me for many to “just get a job” was a few inches away from impossible.
There are people in need all around us. Do we see them? Do we assist them? Or are we too wrapped up in our own lives to care?
There are numerous ways to reach out and help the poor. Do we help? Or do we leave it up to someone else?
Our responsibility to those in need is clear in God’s Word. Look up the word “poor” in your Bible. You’ll see what I mean. Two specific scriptures:
Proverbs 28:27 – Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.
Proverbs 29:7 – The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
In what ways can we do this?
Food. Clothing. Shelter. Transportation. Make a meal. Donate to a ministry who serves those in need.
Give of your time:
Be someone to listen. Visit the nursing home or hospital. Volunteer. Pray with or read the Bible aloud to one in need.
Let’s allow the example of the Proverbs 31 woman to again spur us on to live a God-honoring life. It’s good to encourage each other in this way! Others are needing us.
Share your ideas below on helping those who are poor and in need. To someone else, it just might make all the difference!
God bless you today!
Each Wednesday it’s a gift to be able to gather and encourage one another here for Woman to Woman Wednesday. It’s also when I link up with friends Simply Beth for Three Word Wednesday (Help The Poor??) and Holley Gerth for Coffee for Your Heart.
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