GENEROSITY! God is a generous and loving God and He teaches His followers to live in the same manner. This promise from God gives us plenty to reflect on for this day, “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses,” (Proverbs 28:27 NIV). Poor has been defined as “lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.” Another definition is that poor is “worse than is usual, expected or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality.” In America the definition seems to be that a person is considered poor if they live below the government’s defined “poverty line.” Let me suggest that if you want to see what poor is from a monetary stand point then you should visit a third-world country like Haiti or even some places in inner-city America. Most people will recognize real poverty when they see it. It has been said that for the Christian “to live with Jesus is to live with the poor.” When we follow Jesus through the pages of the Gospels we can get a view of the poor God is talking about in His Word. Our focus is drawn to the beggars, orphans, widows, handicapped, mute, deaf, blind, and demon possessed; i.e., the physical and spiritual needy of the world.

It is easy in American society today for almost anyone to avoid the poor of this world if they so desire. For the Christian to ignore the poor, whether it is those living around them in close proximity or those on the other side of the world, is to do so at a cost to their own life experience. As the biblical writer said, “but those who close their eyes to them (the poor) receive many curses.” God’s promise to the Christian is that if we consider and help the poor we will “lack nothing.” God does not promise to give us everything we want but He does promise to meet our needs, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:19 NIV). It is obvious we cannot meet all the needs of all the poor of this world but we should do as much as we can for all those whom the Holy Spirit brings to our attention and guides us to help and provides the resources for us to use. It is always better to be blessed by God than to “receive many curses.” Generosity with God’s leading is a great blessing to enjoy. What is God leading you to do in relation to the poor of this world?

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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