Proverbs in 365 Devotions

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

Who Listens To The Poor?

R Aylor

Would you say that you hear the cry of the poor? I don’t know about you but I hear a lot of stuff... a lot of grumbling about the daily troubles of life... sometimes it’s my own voice... griping about the government and the economy and relational problems and a million different things.

The question might be do we let all these other cry’s in our ears from ourselves and the world drown out the cry of the poor?

Peter and John counseled Paul and  Barnabas about sharing the gospel with the Gentiles:

Galatians 2:10 ...they would that we should remember the poor; which very thing I was also zealous to do.

You know, helping others physically goes hand in hand with sharing the gospel. Jesus lived like this. He healed so many... he had compassion and fed the 5000 plus women and children... and then the 4000.

Their are a lot of needy people in the world. And the truth is that everyone is poor in some way. So once again let me change the question: Do we drown out all the other cry’s in the world that come to our ears… all the grumbling about the daily troubles of life that people around us have? Do we close our ears to our next door neighbor who may be rich in money but is poor in relationships. They are lonely…

Do not close your ears to their needs. Get involved... show the love of Christ practically in the area of their need.

Another neighbor may be poor in the sense that they have a need for someone to help them move a refrigerator or build a fence... an elderly person may be poor in strength and stamina and need help with yard work or house cleaning.

The great thing about helping those who are poor in various areas of life is that it gives us opportunity to share the love of God in Jesus to those who are bankrupt spiritually.

In Matthew 5:3 Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

If we close our ears to the poor our text says we will call out ourselves and not be answered. Not loving others is a red flag… it may be an indication that we have never experienced the love of God and have no idea of the joy in sharing it with others. And on the day of judgment it will be too late… At that point call out for mercy from the Lord we will not be answered.