Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Ignore the Poor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 27
27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Ignore the Poor
Many people in this country would rather ignore the poor than take a moment and spare a couple of bucks. It is an ugly truth, therefore we tend to come up with all kinds of excuses to do so. Some are warranted, like they’ll take the money and buy drugs or alcohol, reasons of that nature. If not warranted, at least they sound legit enough.
Yes, money is a big deal to the poor, but so is being treated like a human. If we don’t have anything to spare, how about testing the waters with a conversation? Give some minutes rather than some bucks?
We may be surprised what may come from a simple conversation, and may find other ways to help out someone in need other than money when it’s not around. I mean in a legit sense, not just a means to an end, to get out from under the curse part of the verse above.
I’m generalizing here, because I am well aware of how people can take advantage of others, and see what they can get from people. The problem is, they leave their homes and appear as the homeless, working off of the sympathy of others to try and make some money. Again, a conversation goes a long way, and more often than not someone who is only in appearance of being in that kind of position can be found out without too much effort. They’re more likely to tell you to buzz of in the long run. There are scam artists even among the needy, who aren’t needy at all.
To ignore the poor when they are presented to you in whatever the manner, will indeed bring upon you what is stated in verse 27. How many people refuse to make eye contact with someone standing there holding a “HELP” sign?
What an incredible reaction when you think about it. We hide our eyes for very few reasons, right? If something is shameful we might do so, or if something is nasty looking that disgusts us, we’ll look away. Vomit comes to mind. Nobody wants to keep looking at it once they recognize it, and look away as soon as possible.
Isn’t it amazing, how we can look around a crowd of people without an issue at all, that is of course until someone pulls out a cardboard sign saying “Please Help,” or “Will work for food?” Then the looking away happens, not wanting to look the person in the eye. The same reaction that comes with looking upon vomit or something shameful.
On the other hand, we’ve got a whole different set of circumstances. The other side of the coin, would be those who give only to receive, or to insure that they don’t lack. In this circumstance, even if the heart isn’t quite right before the Lord, he will honor his Word. He says “shall” and “shall not” in the verse above, no “maybe’s” or “might’s.”
But I believe that there is a special blessing for those who do something by way of the fruit of the Spirit, rather than covering bases. To please the Lord, rather than giving then sticking our hands out to the Father for a return. Yes, the Father has made promises to us about these things.
I suppose what is stirring me up right now, and what I am trying to get across, is to be real. Yes you are included in the blessing end of the verse when you give to the poor, because legalistically speaking, the Lord has set a decree above. But is your heart right?
Let’s talk about Solomon. He was given the opportunity to ask for anything at all, and the Lord was willing and waiting to grant it to him. He could have picked all kinds of selfish things, and the Lord would have done it.
But because his heart was right before the Lord at that time, and asked for something for the sake of his people rather than himself, the Lord went above and beyond what he promised to do. He didn’t stop at giving him wisdom enough to rule his people (which is what he asked for), but also gave him every good thing that he didn’t ask for!
His heart was right. Our hearts need to be right. Right toward the Father, right toward everyone else as well. If anyone is honest with themselves, and ignore the poor by shying their eyes from even looking at them, you are in a perfect place to deal with this between you and the Lord. Remove yourself from under the “many a curse” the Lord is speaking about above.
And if we’re giving just to be safe, then at least we’re safe, but is that a pleasing attitude to have before the Father? Where’s our heart concerning these kinds of things? Look Lord, I gave so bless me!
Bless others for the purpose of being a blessing, and let the Lord deal with his promises. Wouldn’t you think that is far more pleasing to the Father?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luke 18: King James Bible
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Thank you for pointing out to us your promises throughout your Word. Help all of us with this one Father. If there are any of us who may be found guilty of hiding our eyes, or any equivalence to it as it would relate to the poor, please forgive us. Renew our hearts toward the poor and those who are in need, and cause for us to harbor a care as Jesus would have when he dwelt among them in person. Remove from us any of the curses that you’ve spoken about for our past sins Father, and help us to do all the things that would please you concerning this matter from here forth. Thank you Lord for setting us free! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Would you ignore the poor, give to be given unto, or give them the attention that they might need just for the sake of being a blessing?