INTRODUCTIONGod especially cares for all those that the world frequently disregards. For instance, the Bible points out that the Lord is “the helper of the fatherless,” and the poor commit themselves unto His care (Psalm 10:14). Why is it important for the poor to look up for their help? Because the Lord regards “the oppression of the poor” (Ecclesiastes 5:8) and delivers the poor “from him that is strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him” (Psalm 35:10). Jeremiah confirmed this truth when he said, “the LORD . . . hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers” (Jeremiah 20:13). The world may regard the poor as a burden, but the Lord sees them as one of His highest priorities.
- (For children): There are many events which make people poor. Consider God’s provision for these cases: death of a spouse (2 Kings 4:1-7); drought (1 Kings 17:1, 7-16); sickness or infirmities (Luke 18:35-43); war (Judges 6:6, 12-16). Simply put, God does care (Psalm 68:10b).
- (For everyone): How would the cause of one’s poverty change the Lord’s willingness to watch over an individual and deliver him from troubles? Why is this so important to recognize?
- If God cares for the poor, should we not do the same? How crucial is it that we first discern the reason for one’s poverty before intervening?
- Thank God for caring for those despised by the world.
- Ask God to help you share His heart for the poor.