An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Beggar at the Door

(Proverbs 29:7 KJV)  The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

I would venture to guess that most of us do not hang around really high class restaurants.  By that I mean the ones with the ridiculously high prices.  For me the most expensive experience I have had is a steak house called Flemings.  I don’t think it is at the top of the scale, just the highest I have been to.  Generally the steak, usually a la carte, is at least $50.00. 

As I said, I don’t frequent these places but I realized one thing as I was reading this verse today:  I have yet to see panhandlers around the expensive restaurants.  A general rule of thumb is that the higher the price, the fewer the beggars.  I think one of the reasons is that Bible believing Christians tend to be more frugal with their money than the rich and famous.  At the same time they have read verses like this and realize that they are called to share what they have.  That makes them better targets.

So?  Next time someone asks you for a buck, rejoice.  They recognize that your heart is more open to their situation.  It may not be the way you want to be recognized but there it is. 


Gorges Smythe said...

You're right. With a few exceptions, it's the poor to middle income folks that help others.

Pumice said...

Those also tend to be the ones who take their faith seriously. Being in a position to understand helplessness goes a long way toward changing your view of life and defining your idea of necessary.

Grace and peace.