The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
There are so many verses in the book of Proverbs about the “poor” that I think we often overlook. In our materialistic society, whenever we hear the term “poor,” we automatically think of someone who has little or no money or things. But “poor” can be applied to many different areas. Some people who are “poor” have plenty of money, but they are poor in spiritual things. Some may not have a lot of money and earthly goods, but are rich beyond comprehension. There are different types of “the poor.”
But, whoever these “poor” are, we are told that, as righteous people, we need to be considering, or, thinking about them. The wicked, on the other hand, “regardeth not to know it.” The wicked person just ignores the whole situation.
I have often said that God’s people should be the most generous people on the face of the earth. If we see someone who has nothing, and we are able to meet their need, we should do it. Again, people can be “poor” in many areas. But whatever their area of need, we should be working to meet it, if it is at all in our power to do so.
Some people are physically and materially poor. They might need food, clothing, money, or a host of other things. If we can help someone in those ways, why don’t we? Nowhere in the Bible are you going to find anything positive said about stingy misers. If we can help someone with a physical or material need, let’s do it.
Some people have spiritual needs. We know the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the answer to every spiritual need. Many people are poor in the area of spiritual things, and we have all that they need. We should be helping them.
We are told to “consider” the cause of the poor. Not only are we supposed to be helping the poor, but we are supposed to be actively thinking about how to do it. How are we doing?