Proverbs 21: King James Bible
The Poor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 13
13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – The Poor
The verse above (along with many others in the Bible), is targeted toward one group of people. That would be those who have the wherewithal to do something to help the poor.
Some may read into that statement as being directed toward the rich or ‘well-to-do.’ Well, the only reason anyone would think money after reading this verse, is because the poor are involved. Yes, the poor need money, but is that the end all?
The Lord says nothing about money in the verse above. Do the poor only cry about money? If you think the answer to that is yes, then perhaps you’ve not been listening. Lack of money is miserable, but there’s more going on than that.
Sometimes they need help in a variety of different ways. The group of people I brought up above, is much larger than you may think. Not everyone can spare to hand out money to the poor, but at the very least we can all lend an ear.
Isn’t that what the verse above is concentrating on, “hearing the cry of the poor?” What would happen if we decide to open our ears to the poor?
Would we be asked for money? Probably, but what else? I would think anything from prayers to food; perhaps help moving something from point “a” to point “b”; a ride somewhere; clothes for themselves or their children; diapers; prayers for their families or loved ones; seeking some good advice; all kinds of things might be heard, should one simply open their ears to hear.
The verse above isn’t a suggestion, it is a “shall” verse. Well, more specifically a “shall not” verse. Which we’ve come to understand through this journey through Proverbs as a sort of law, akin to the law of gravity for example.
Also, the way it’s worded, you can almost insert it into the middle of just about any place where Jesus is speaking. It remind me of lessons he taught such as: Do unto others as they’d do unto you; give and it will be given unto you; forgive and you’ll be forgiven; etc..
We can extract from the verse above, that if you don’t open your ears to the poor, the Lord won’t hear you. But, should you open your ears to the cry of the poor, then he shall open his ears to your cry.
It stands to reason, that these matters are of great importance to the Father. Charity is in his very nature, and this same nature, is what he would like to see on display in each of us.
As aforementioned, not all of us can spare a buck, but we’ve all been given ears. The least we can do should we find ourselves in a situation calling for it, is open our ears to hear what they have to say. What we hear might just surprise us.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 11: King James Bible
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Luke 14: King James Bible
12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
1 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 the warning you’ve given us through this verse. Perhaps for some, it will be the factor needed to get even closer to you, as an obstacle removed. Open our ears to hear the cry of the poor, and guard our hearts so that we don’t see ourselves better than they. Give us all the wherewithal, to lend aid to any who we come across that may need it, and anoint us to do what it will take in order to please you in this. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Are your ears open to the cries of the poor?