Monday, April 28, 2014

Psalms 41:1 -- On Considering the Poor

"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble."
Psalms 41:1

This is an excellent reminder for us about something that God wants us to consider.  He isn't telling us specifically what to do in this verse, although there are many others on the subject.  He is, though, asking us to think about the topic seriously, and I think suggesting that we go further and do something about it.
God isn't about force or coercion.  He isn't going to force us to give to others, or step in as our supreme leader and enact laws that share everything equally.  All he will ever do is ask... ask us to think about it.  Ask us to take those thoughts and make them into actions.  Ask us to make the world a better place, and find a way to provide for people who don't have enough.  In the City of Enoch, there were "no poor among them" (Moses 7:18).  That's why God called them Zion, and that is where we need to get if we want to become a Zion people as well.
Today, let's not dismiss the poor as being someone else's responsibility.  Let's take them time to consider them, and take whatever action we can take to make things better... whether it is giving money, or food, or time, or finding a charity that provides water or microloans or a goat or a chicken or a cow.  We *can* make a difference as individuals... even if it is in just one person's life.  Let's consider it.

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