Daily Devotional for August 29
Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. —Proverbs 22:9
What a comfort it is to know that in our hour of darkness, the Lord will remember those things which we have done in secret for the poor and will reward us openly (Matthew 6:4)! Job rehearsed his heart for the poor as a statement of his genuine consistency before God. He looked at his servants as his equals because he believed that “God created both me and my servants. He created us both” (Job 31:15). He ministered to the needs of those less fortunate by helping widows and caring for the fatherless (v. 18). James said, “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us” (James 1:27). David observed, “Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor. The Lord rescues them in times of trouble” (Psalm 41:1). Rather than seeing it as a burden, we must look upon helping someone in need as an opportunity from God to show love. Our concern for the less fortunate may one day be revisited upon us!
2 Corinthians 3:1-18