Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Cause of the Poor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 7
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Cause of the Poor
This is one of many verses the Lord has seen fit to share with us about the righteous, wicked, and the poor. If you’d like to catch up on any of the previous devotionals that has covered verses concerning this particular topic, check any of these out when you can:
What is the cause of the poor anyways? Instantly we’d think that their cause is to no longer be poor, or no longer have to worry about being hungry, something along those lines. But is that it?
The “cause of the poor” can mean many different things that surpass the obvious. Let’s chew on a couple of different things that could qualify as to what their cause may be, that goes beyond not wanting to be poor anymore.
Justice for the Poor
The cause of the poor is often interpreted as a form of justice, or understanding that their rights in whatever the country, are just as relevant as those of the well to do. The wicked would be active in striving against that idea, while the righteous would understand this fact, and consider it (or apply it).
Depending on who’s in charge, the poor are wide open to become wildly oppressed by taking away what little they might already have due to the greed of the ones in power. Because they are poor, there is little they can do about it.
This is one of the reasons that I believe the Lord is so heavy against those who oppress the poor. He hears their plea, knows their plight, and will come to their defense when others either won’t or can’t.
This isn’t to say that the opposite is right in the eyes of the Lord. Giving favor toward someone because they are poor over someone who isn’t doesn’t fly well either. Any form of justice that gives favor of one over anyone else due to their status is justice made crooked.
The Lord specified how he wants people judged as it relates to legal systems and the like. We can find instruction as to how the poor should be judged in Leviticus 19:15:
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
I believe that for the simple reason that the Lord has said it, that the wicked will sway one way or the other, just to be against it. And that’s if they realize it or not.
Either to become the oppressor against the cause of the poor, or to come as the social justice warrior, taking up the banner of the poor, and establishing systems that keep people in certain places, never reaching any greater than certain levels of poverty.
Good intentions and feelings tend to remove justice and good judgement from the table. We are neither to oppress them or favor them. The poor or anyone else for that matter.
Help for the Poor
The cause of the poor could be a variety of help. When talking abut justice for the poor, the needs of the poor are not taken into consideration, just their rights.
Charity is what compensates in this. Charity is something that is right there with love in our Bibles.
When Paul stood before the other apostles in Jerusalem, they only charged him to be as charitable as possible, which he already was doing. The apostle Paul himself spoke quite often about being charitable toward the poor.
It goes without saying, that we as citizens of whatever the nation may be, have the power to do something to help someone. We’ve spoken about this before to a certain extent, and you’ll run into that conversation in the links above.
Be it by giving money, time, friendly conversation, helping out somehow, the righteous will understand and consider their cause. We see example after example of this in the Bible, both old and new Testaments.
We see it in the story of the good Samaritan. He understood the cause of the poor man laying beaten roadside. The wicked were the ones that crossed to the other side, and didn’t even want to look at him.
That in my opinion, is “regarding not to know” the cause of the poor. Actively ignoring their cause or plea. In the parable of the good Samaritan, those who passed by had to take action in order to ignore him.
The wicked who regard not the cause of the poor take deliberate action against knowing their cause. I don’t believe that this verse is directed toward people who are ignorant, but rather willingly ignorant.
They will always be with you
We want to do the will of the Father, right? This is one of those areas that we can see just by reading his Word, that is close to his heart. I say that with a two fold explanation.
On the one hand, it is close to his heart so that those who are suffering may be comforted by our actions. On the other hand, he wants to look favorably toward his children who are being the vessels of his blessings.
The Father gives favor to those who love justice, and to those who are charitable. When the righteous considers the cause of the poor, both are embodied.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 1: King James Bible
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 10: King James Bible
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Thank you for your Word, and for how careful you’ve been to teach us the simple things of your heart, as well as some things that don’t come without your help. Father, as we stroll into darker times, we pray that you cause for us, your Children, to be as a light piercing through the darkness. Help us to use good judgement in every area of our lives. To be righteous and to get a true working knowledge of your unbiased justice. Also expand our hearts to increase in charity Lord, as we know how necessary it is, and how you love it so. All for the sake of the expansion of your Kingdom and to your glory and praise! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you considered the cause of the poor?