Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Proverbs 14:31 ESV)
The mind is a funny thing. It can rationalize anything. That’s one reason God’s word is such a great benefit. God’s word tells us the Truth. It sets us straight. It re-configures our thinking. It changes our perspective.
Proverbs 14:31 is a great example of that. When we see the less fortunate, it’s easy to think that they haven’t worked hard enough or that they made bad decisions or that they just aren’t quite the person that we are. When our mind is set this way, oppression can easily follow.
Oppression can take many forms, but here I think it refers to not being “generous to the needy.” Of course, we first think of generosity in terms of money, but that’s not entirely accurate. Generosity also includes things like time, training, teaching, encouragement and things of that nature.
Often times we carry out our generosity because we think that’s the expectation of us. How many times have we heard, “well, it’s up to me to give back.” Well, that may be partially true, but our real reason for being generous isn’t to pay some form of societal penance so that our conscience’s feel better. No, it’s so that we honor the God — the One who made both the poor and the generous.
Today as we honor and praise the Lord, let’s not only worship Him corporately, but let’s also practice worshiping Him by investing in others. (And this is for sure a message to myself first.)
“Sunday Worship” is a weekly series that can hopefully be used to help prepare our hearts to worship God Almighty. You can read all of the posts in this series by clicking here.