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Saturday, February 5, 2011

To the Cries of the Poor...

"Whoever shuts their ears to the cries of the poor will also cry out and not be answered" (Proverbs 21:13).

Most of us have seen people standing on street corners holding signs that say "Will Work For Food," or something like that. And, most of us at least once or more, have walked right on by. We justify it, usually, by thinking that they are just scammers out trying to get a quick buck. But what about the others. The ones you work with, go to school with; the ones you live with or live near, or even go to church with? They're hurting, they're in desperate need of somebody to notice, and sometimes, we walk right by.

It's easy to think that shutting out either makes it "not real" or "less real," or at least lessens the responsibility people feel to respond. The Proverb mentions the "poor." In Hebrew, this means one who is weak, thin, and more properly, it means one who is "dangling."

In the busyness of our lives, is it possible that there are those who are dangling on the edge of hope, joy, peace, etc...and we pass by? The condition here implies that those over-lookers will find themselves overlooked, unanswered (not paid attention to).

It's so easy to see and not really "see." There are people hurting, weak and worn out, dangling on the edge. We don't have to understand it all, agree with it all, or even know it all. We just need to hear and respond to that cry. Not just so that we'll be heard later, but so that whose who find themselves "poor" will also find themselves rich in Him, finding out that He really is all they've ever needed.

Take some time to look, listen, and then live out this love of God that has changed your life. Most of us know what it's like to feel over looked. Ask God today to help you see people as He sees them.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Lord Jehovah, give me the eyes to see and the heart to respond.