Suggested Reading: Proverbs 21
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Key Verses: Proverbs 21:13
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
Today’s reading contains instruction for the proper use of wealth. God does not condemn the possession of riches as long as they are procured in a legitimate manner and used in a God-honouring way. Our key verse makes it clear that one of the proper uses of wealth is to help people in need. Failure to do this is so serious a matter that the person who does not help when it is in their power to do so will cry someday and not be heard in their day of trouble. This same thought is presented to us by the Apostle John in 1 John 3:16-18. If we are blessed with this world’s goods and fail to share them, we do not know the love of God!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear God, I pray for a greater measure of Your love so that I may love others as Jesus loves me! John wrote that You loved us so much that YOU GAVE Your only begotten Son for my salvation! THANK YOU!!! I ask for the grace of giving sacrificially. In the Name of the One who gave His all, Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I was deeply moved this week to see and hear on the 100 Huntley Street telecast a lovely young lady whose roots are in the Philippines, where that most destructive typhoon hit a few days ago. Her name is Melinda Estabrooks. She is loved and known widely by many, particularly as a result of her regular appearances on the Full Circle telecast carried on CTS, the Crossroads Television System. Click here for Melinda’s short statement. My wife Norma-Jean and I have just returned from two weeks in Israel and have yet to send in our support for this cause to the Crossroads Emergency Relief and Development Fund. Our Global CEO, Dr. John Hull, who knows the Philippines well, has personally taken the lead in raising as much money as possible for this cause. Click here for information on how to, as our key verse says, respond to “the cry of the poor.” Norma-Jean and I will do this as soon as the business office at Crossroads is open. The Canadian government has promised to match all giving to this relief effort.
Yours for opening our hearts to the needs of others,
P.S. As promised, click here for the second half of my Sam Moore interview from 1981. As I stated earlier this week, he is one of the main reasons I use the New King James translation of the Bible in this blog and in my personal devotions, as well as in preaching and teaching. In the light of today’s key verse, let me say that Sam is a giver to others. I hope to tell just one story about Sam’s loving and giving heart in tomorrow’s blog.