Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
I know without a doubt that this verse is true. Knowing that, I still struggle not knowing what to do when someone on the street asks me for money. I’ve heard some say that they always give them money and let God sort it out. I’ve heard others say that they give to their church and their church has an outreach to the poor. I’ve been involved in homeless ministry and know that a portion of the homeless are there because of drug or alcohol abuse, a portion are there because of mental illness, a portion are there because of choice, and a portion are there and just need a hand to get back on their feet. But what is God calling me to do today, for this person, right now? Here are a few more verses on interacting with those in need.
Leviticus 25:35 “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.”
Deuteronomy 15:11 “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”
Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
Proverbs 22:9 “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
Proverbs 28:27 “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”
James 2:15-16 “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
The Bible is pretty clear on how we should relate with the poor. We are to be helpful, openhanded, kind, generous, and giving towards the poor. Just to name a few. So, how can I just drive by or walk on by without helping? Lord, search my heart for wrong attitudes and please soften my heart where it has grown hard. Give me a faith that shows itself through my actions. Help me to be your hands and feet to the poor around me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”