How do I express, and discribe the feelings God, and His word have laid upon my heart in regards to the treatment of the poor, and needy… the homeless of this country, let alone the homeless of the world?! Not to leave out the punishment, chastisement, and possible almost annialation, as in Israels case for transgressing God’s word, God’s truth. So this is also a warning to all believers, and even those sitting on the proverbial fence. Please, please find where this fits within your life, and reason with God…. for this is what He is asking from you and me!?
I have fought, and struggled with myself, with God, and God’s word, and with what I have not only witnessed, yet experienced in the last ten years among the various Christian sect’s I have encountered, and how their treatment of the poor does not line up at all with the Word of God, nor even with what the apostle’s lived, taught, and preached… let alone what they wrote to us about the poor of the world, and how to treat them! Here are just five verses that speak specifically, directly about how God pleads for us to do what is right in the sight of the LORD, and adding blessings to you if you’ll only walk in His ways.
At least this is what I am seeing, and what God has shown me through the studding of His word, as He has graced me to know.
Amos 4:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, [in that] which he wanteth.
9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil
10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.