Today's Reading: Proverbs 21
Key Verse: Proverbs 21:13
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
Today's reading contains instruction for the proper use of wealth. God does not condemn the possession of riches, as long as they are procured in a legitimate manner and used in a God-honouring way. Our key verse makes it clear that one of the proper uses of wealth is to help people in need. According to this proverb, failure to do this is so serious a matter that people who do not help when it is in their power to do so will cry someday themselves and not be heard in their day of trouble.
This same thought is presented to us by the Apostle John in 1 John 3:17, which says "…whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" It's pretty clear that if we are materially blessed and fail to share with others in need, we don't really know the love of God!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, we pray for a greater measure of Your love so that we may love others as You have loved us! John wrote that You loved us so much that YOU GAVE Your only begotten Son for our salvation! THANK YOU! We ask for the grace of giving sacrificially to those in need. In the Name of the One who gave His all, Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!
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