For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
Some things never change. However many centuries have passed between the writing of Proverbs and today… some of the same things still apply. One such thing is this: if you are rich, and life is easy for you right now, and you have it all together… people will be with you and for you, but if you are struggling, and down on your luck, and dealing with troubles… people will tend to keep a distance.
Thankfully, the church is a group of people who have made the commitment to be there for folks when they are struggling. Jesus himself ALWAYS partnered with those who were struggling. We, as Christians, are a group of people DEFINED by our commitment to those who are ‘poor’ in some way. We always remember that struggling, being ‘down on your luck’, and dealing with trouble does NOT reflect on the worth or giftedness or sacredness of people.
We have all been there (struggling)… we will all be there again. Let’s commit to showing our love for those who have been forsaken because they are going through tough times.
Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. (Proverbs 19:4)