Part of our Sunday school lesson yesterday was on Deuteronomy 15. That chapter is directed at the Israelites. God was giving, through His servant Moses, all of the instructions for living according to His design and plan for them.
The verses that stuck in my heart and mind more than the others were vs’s. 7-11. In those verses, the plight of the poor is mentioned.
First in vs. 7, God says that we must not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward our brothers and sisters. Then in vs. 10 God tells His people not to have a stingy heart when they give.
The holidays are over and the folks sitting in front of the stores ringing the bells are gone. But the needs of the poor are not. Vs. 11, the closing verse of our class lesson said, “For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.”
Jesus Himself quoted that verse in Matthew 26:11, when He told His disciples, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
But as Christians we do have Him always with us. And He was right to say that we would always have the poor. All around us are people struggling to just make it through one more day.
Proverbs 31 says of the virtuous woman, that she extends her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy. (vs. 20)
As we are in the first days of a new month, let us all look for ways that we can extend our hands to the poor and reach out our hands to the needy. In our prayers and personal time with the Lord each day, we should ask Him to guide us to those we can help in some way.
As it says in Proverbs 31:31, “Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.”
To be known as a Christian with a generous heart should the hearts desire of us all.