Afflicted and Poor

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor

Have you ever heard anybody say that nobody looks out for the little guy?  Well, that is not true.  David tells us that God looks out for the little guy.  In fact, when you read through the Bible you can clearly see, God looks out for the little guy.  In face, God wants us to look out for them as well.  As Moses is re-giving the law in Deuteronomy, 10 times he talks about taking care of both the widows and orphans.  We are supposed to make sure that they enough food to eat and have clothes to wear.  We are to make provisions, so that they might be taken care of.  The tenth verse, actually places a curse on somebody who does not take care of them.  Malachi says that God will judge those who neglect them.

God does not wants us to oppress anyone.  James tells us that pure and undefiled religion is to take of those who need help.  A righteous act in God’s sight, is to take care of someone in need.  The other side to that, is that when we are the poor and afflicted, we need to be humble enough to allow others to help us.  Pride can kill generosity, both for us and others.  I am not saying we need to stop working and let others provide for us, that is not God’s command.  In fact God wanted the poor, the widows, and the orphans to still go in the field and collect their food.  Doing it this way, allows people to keep their dignity.  It allows them to work for their food and it also allows for us to help provide for them.  God wants people to be humble, it is never His will that they be humiliated.

Dear God, I thank you that the poor and needy have a special place with You.  I thank you, that You look out for the little guy.  I thank you that widows and orphans have a special place in Your heart.  Help me to look for ways to help those less fortunate than me.  Help me to serve them in a way that brings them and You honor.  Help me to be humble to accept help when I need it.  May I love others the way You do.  Amen.

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