The man sits on the street corner day after day, begging for money. He’s poor and desperate for a little cash to spend on food.

He’s not alone. More than half of the world’s people live below the internationally defined poverty line. Poverty and hunger are such a big problem in our world that it’s easy for us to feel helpless or to become hard hearted and do nothing.

But God doesn’t close His eyes to the plight of the poor. When He gave His people guidelines for living, He included instructions on ways to care for the needy (Deut. 15:11). He told His people, “You shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, [but] open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need” (vv.7-8).

God also commanded His people not to glean the corners of their fields so that the less fortunate could gather food (Lev. 19:9-10). And Jesus showed His compassion for the poor by His words and actions.

As Christians, we cannot ignore the plight of the poor today. Individuals and churches can join with Christian organisations working to combat poverty as they spread the Word. God has a heart for the poor. Do we?

God gives us all we need so we can give to those in need.


Anne Cetas


Our Daily Bread