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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
"Consider the Poor"
"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble." Psalm 41:1
Charles Spurgeon made a wonderful comment on this passage of Scripture. He said, "To think about the poor and let them lie on our hearts is a Christian man's duty; for Jesus put them with us and near us when He said, ‘The poor ye have always with you.’" Many give their money to the poor in a hurry, without thought; and many more give nothing at all. This precious promise belongs to those who "consider" the poor, look into their case, devise plans for their benefit, and considerately carry them out. We can do more by care than by cash, and most with two together. To those who consider the poor, the LORD promises His own consideration in times of distress. He will bring us out of trouble if we help others when they are in trouble. We shall receive very singular providential help if the LORD sees that we try to provide for others. We shall have a time of trouble, however generous we may be; but if we are charitable, we may put in a claim for peculiar deliverance, and the LORD will not deny His own Word and bond. Miserly curmudgeons may help themselves, but considerate and generous believers the LORD will help . As you have done unto others, so will the LORD do unto you. Empty your pockets."
Now bear in mind that there are two classes of poor: the Lord's poor, and the devil's poor. We as God's people are to be like our Heavenly Father and give to every man as he has need. Let us understand that the devil's poor may have a million dollars in the bank, but he is indeed poor if he does not have Jesus. The greatest gift that we can give the devil's poor is God's Christ. God tells us to consider the poor, which means to "have insight." Instead of throwing a few dollars at some needy one to ease our own conscience and to rid ourselves of the bother, we should really stop to consider their great need of the gospel. How could we be more generous to the poor than to give them our Saviour?
However, to the Lord's poor, or those among us who are in poverty's grip, let us be generous with the goods of this world. Peter did not give the lost beggar silver or gold, but he met his greatest need with Jesus Christ, but James tells us that if we see "a brother or sister" that is in need, we must do all we can to meet that need (James 2:15,16).
We should never see someone, lost or saved, who is truly without clothes or food and not meet that need. Yet, let us not care more for the body than we do for the soul! Remember Jesus “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). A man who gained the whole world would be the poorest of men if he lost his own soul. This is why Jesus said, "The poor have the gospel preached to them" (Mark 11:5). This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, let us consider the poor.