Hear My Cry

“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.” (Pro 21:13)

In our Western society, we are constantly bombarded with images on our TVs and computers of children in need, poverty, and untold distress in war, famine, and natural disasters. We have become inoculated to the truth that there are many in our world who are suffering terribly.

We have a litany of excuses. Some of my personal favorites are: What can I do? They have brought this on themselves. It is just another inefficient charity. They won’t change. What is the point?

Fortunately God does not have the same heart as us. We will, however, be treated as we treat those who cry out for help, justice, and mercy.

Quick Prayer: Open my ears to the cry of the poor. Amen.

What Shows the Love of God?

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 Joh 3:17)

How is the love of God demonstrated in us? What is the way in which our faith is demonstrated and evidenced? This powerful Scripture speaks to the reaction we have to those in need around us.

I had this verse printed on my checks. Back in the day before the proliferation electronic commerce, I used to write a lot of checks. It made me think about my priorities every time I wrote one out.

There are practical physical needs we can meet every day. Will we walk on by and have no pity, or will the love of God in us compel us to act?

Quick Prayer: Show me a physical need I can meet today please, Lord. Amen.