Abundant food is in the fallow (uncultivated) ground of the poor (lacking resources), But [without protection] it is swept away by injustice. Proverbs 13:23 (Amplified Version)
The Bible has a lot to say about the poor and what our God honoring responses to helping them should look like.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17;
“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Proverbs 14:31;
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35;
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
These are but a small sample from God’s word to His children about our attitude and actions towards the poor among us. I sat with Proverbs 13:23 asking what the Lord wanted me to understand. Here are my thoughts: The poor could be thought of as those the world deems as having no value. They don’t have position, money, power, privilege. But the Lord says their fields or lives have abundant food, or abundant worth BUT injustice sweeps their worth away.
Refuge for Women seeks to provide a community that is a safe, protected, loving place where each precious woman can pursue healing and rediscover their great worth given them by their Maker, Jesus that the injustices of a fallen world has continually swept away.
But this is only half of the story. With regards to every person’s salvation, we are all poor and needy beggars, enslaved to sin. Those who are successful by worldly standards are at greater risk of not realizing their poverty in relationship to God apart from Jesus. In Matthew 5:3, Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. When we understand more deeply our impoverished, helpless state and that Jesus has given us EVERYTHING at great cost to Himself by His mercy and grace and love, to satisfy God’s justice and bring us peace with God forever, how can we not, knowing our abundance in Jesus, want to rush to help the 'poor' among us, practically, personally and spiritually.
One way of helping is to pray earnestly for the women and staff and ministry of Refuge for Women Chicago. And when we pray, ask the Lord what He would have us do today to help the ‘poor’ (those the world does not value) among us. May 2019 be a year when God’s people embrace helping the poor for the sake of the gospel and so bring honor and joy to our God and Maker.
Heavenly Father, You have given to us Your precious Son, Jesus. What more could You give? Yet we ask that You would abundantly bless RFW-C in 2019, providing for all their needs. Help each resident know their worth in Jesus. Father, give us eyes to truly see the ‘poor’ (those the world does not value). Father give us and Your church universal hearts to do Your will regarding the ‘poor’ and so bring glory to Your name and show the wonder of the gospel to a watching world.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Taken from our January Prayer Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here.