Does God really care about the poor? - Poverty - TouchPoints

Does God really care about the poor?

Deuteronomy 15:7But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.

Psalm 72:12He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

Psalm 102:17He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.

Psalm 113:6-8He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes!

Isaiah 3:15How dare you crush my people, grinding the faces of the poor into the dust?” demands the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Matthew 5:3“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

Luke 4:18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.

God cares deeply for the poor. He commands all believers to care for them too. One test of the sincerity of your faith in God is your care for the poor. If you are poor, suffering from a crippling disease, grieving the loss of a loved one, feeling lonely or abandoned, or living in constant danger, your greatest hope as a believer is that this condition is temporary. God promises that for all eternity you will be free from all trouble when you live with him in heaven. While you may not understand why some people seem to get all the breaks on earth, God assures you that those who love him will get all the breaks for eternity.

Luke 1:52-53“He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.”

God’s perfect plans will one day be fully accomplished. When Jesus returns, all wrongs will be made right. The hungry will be fed and those whose greed caused their hunger will be judged.