06, February 2015

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Caring for the Needy

‘Blessed is he who considers the poor…’ Psalm 41:1 NKJV

One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is: ‘I had to work hard for what I’ve got; so should they.’ True, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2 Thessalonians 3:10). But did you know: (1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? (2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? (3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s 48 poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said, ‘How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold?’ If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them: ‘The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear… Then My favour will shine on you…and your wounds will be quickly healed. I will always be with you to save you; My presence will protect you on every side. When you pray, I will answer you.’ (Isaiah 58:6–9 GNT) When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to ‘deliver [you] in times of trouble’ (Psalm 41:1 NKJV)—and you can take that to the bank.

SoulFood: Num 27-29, Luke 8:26-39, Ps 67, Prov 4:1-2

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015

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