If we are not careful, we will begin to live our lives in such a way that we will forget about the needs of those around us and focus solely on our own concerns and needs. Our Bible is filled with instruction to look to help those around us. I believe that God places daily opportunities before us to help us serve Him by serving others. You will notice that I write often about humility in these devotionals. There is a reason for that repetition. I need to be reminded over and over again that I need to remain humble in order for God to bless me. Today I read a verse that touched my heart, and I hope will touch yours too.
“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9). That last phrase really touches my heart. I was raised in a family that practiced looking to the poor and needy. My grandparents raised their families during the time in the history of America that has been called the Great Depression. I have heard stories of very “poor” times in my family, and it could be that those days served as a constant reminder to my family to reach out to those in need. I can remember many times when that our family reached out to those who could not help themselves.
Today we see some extreme poverty around us that I would like to challenge you to consider today. I believe this verse is talking about having a heart for those who are physically poor and needy. While I think there is a great need for us to help them today, I would also like you to consider another form of poverty that we see all around us today. Oh, don’t mistake what I am saying … we have more money today than we have ever had, but there are more people that are walking around in spiritual poverty than ever before. Someone needs to have a heart to get the riches of the Word of God to those who need them most, and have so little of it. Will you have a heart for others today? There are great needs represented in every person we see today. Care for the poor and needy that you will see today.
I believe this simple verse is encouraging us to lift our eyes off of what we need to see the needs that others have around us. There may be someone you work with, go to school with, and live in the same house with who is poor and needy. Be willing to leave your comfort zone today to go to those who are poor and needy today. You will be following the steps of Jesus when you do that. What a great path to walk!
“Others” – William Booth