Proverbs 14:20-23 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Years ago there was a Television program called, “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” It took us into the homes of the ultra rich, and famous people of the world. It would show us the vacation spots they could afford, along with the cars, and toys they all had. It was a very popular show, as everyone wanted to see how the rich lived their life.
I wonder what type of viewing they would have had if they called the show, “Lifestyles of the Poor and Lonely?” Taking us into the back allies, where some people scrape by for existence. What if they had followed along with a family who had been reduced to living in their car because some of the rich and famous cared more about their bottom line, than the people who helped them get there? Taking us into the home of a single parent, struggling week after week just to pay the rent, and to have a few items of food for the family to eat. What if they had shown us a Rescue Mission, with people gathered around, just thanking God for one more plate of food to eat that day? I have to wonder, what kind of viewership that program would have received. The viewing may have been good for a few weeks. However, after it began to make some feel guilty about not reaching out to help here and there, I’m sure the ratings would have fallen off sharply.
I know there are some who are in tough times because they are not doing what they should. Nevertheless, there are also many who have just been neglected, and forgotten. We might ask ourselves Christians, have we forgotten them too.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
If you want to be involved in a ministry where people are grateful immediately for what you do, find a Rescue Mission, or Retirement Home in your area and volunteer to help. Not only will those you serve be grateful, but also the God you serve will be grateful as well, and soon send His blessings your way.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Job 6 – 10 / Proverbs 14:20-23
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1 Chron. 1-2 / John 16:1-15
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