Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 29
Verse 7: “The righteous considers the cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.”
Some folks can't understand why some people make so many sacrifices for others who are in need. Despite what people may think, lower income families give more to charities than rich people. See the study done by ABC’s 20/20. The fact is, people are more likely to help when they can relate to the challenges that someone is going through. A person who has been through cancer is going to be most supportive to the person that has just been diagnosed. A person that lost a spouse is going to be very sympathetic with a grieving widow/widower.
All that being said, this scripture does not mention the person who considers the poor as being poor themselves. What it does say about the person, is they are righteous. "the wicked does not understand such knowledge", they don't understand and can't relate to the poor. Another interesting observation is the scripture doesn't say that the wicked person is rich or poor. The wicked do not see outside of their own interest. The important truth here, is whether you are rich or poor, if you are righteous you will consider the needs of those in need. Likewise, wicked people, whether they are rich or poor do not consider the needs of those less fortunate. God has given us His heart towards people who need money, shelter, counsel or just any form of love. We are the righteousness of Christ; we should walk in that calling.
Lord, I want to be sensitive enough to those who are in need around me. Whether their need is financial, emotional or anything that I can possibly do to help, I want to be available to them as you have been. Amen
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