Verse of the Day Devotion: Proverbs 19:17
“One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.” – Proverbs 19:17
Today is Thanksgiving and marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. This time of year is a favorite to many who enjoy the decorations, songs and movies that are popular during this period. This is also a great time to enjoy shopping with family and friends and giving clues as to what you would want to open on Christmas morning. It is truly a blessed time for many.
However, there is an important segment of society that we need to remember as well, that being the truly poor around us. There are many people who do not have enough money to pay for food, clothing and shelter; our three basic needs laid out by Jesus in Matthew 6:31. That makes celebrating Christmas with gifts and a feast definitely out of the question. They would love the opportunity to give a gift to others, however it would take away from providing for the basic needs as listed above. Furthermore, they would love to give their children a great gift, but many times have to either find something that was thrown away or not give a gift at all.
What if this was our situation. Would we want help? Would we want someone to bless us with the ability not to see Christmas as just another day? Think about this and remember what Jesus said, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12. Also note when He used the phrase regarding the law and prophets another time. “And He said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40. Helping in this manner will show your love for both God and our fellow man. We no doubt will be unable to help everyone in this situation. But if we can help at least one person or family, it will make a great difference in their lives and help them to celebrate just as we are able to.
And notice the second part of our focus verse. “… and He will repay him for his good deed.” Proverbs 19:17b. This repayment will either occur in this life, in things that are temporal and/or spiritual, or in the life to come. We may not know what and how this repayment will be, however we can feel comfortable that it will be wonderful and something only God could give. However, we must remember to give out of love and not in search of repayment. This is important for this is how God gave His Son for us to provide the salvation we need.
In closing, I want to encourage everyone to look for ways to provide a special blessing to those who are poor and suffering during this time. If you would like some ideas, feel free to email me at [email protected]. I have several areas that we are assisting in and I know would love the support and assistance you can offer.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.