Who cares?

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor.” Some translations use the word “weak” instead of “poor.” This reminds me of Jesus’ words “poor in spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)

Quite often, people are so busy with their own matters that they don’t have the time or energy to “consider” anyone else but themselves. Such people are not necessarily selfish. They’re just self-focused (like me?).

But why are the poor in that condition? Many causes are suggested for such a condition. One popular idea is that the poor are poor because others have exploited them and have gained wealth from the poor. Some are poor because of some misfortune in their lives. Others are like that because of some brokenness they’ve experienced emotionally, mentally, or socially. Still, others may have been handed down such a mindset of lack that their thinking pattern is framed with lack. Then there are those who are in this situation because of wrong choices they’ve made in life.

Whatever the reasons, God is concerned. He cares about their situation. God has a special place in his heart for the poor. And when we respond to the concerns that are in his heart, he responds to us as well.

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him.” (Psalm 41:1)

In the day of trouble – when no one is there to uphold you when no one cares about you, and when no one even recognizes you, God will respond. He will deliver you. He will sustain you with his strong arm.

So considering the poor is an investment into your future as well. We don’t know all the difficulties that may come our way. There may be sickness, financial trouble, opposition, or a host of other difficulties, but you will have God as your backup.

Consider the poor. Back them up by giving, protecting, caring, and encouraging them. It will be a great investment into your future.

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