17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—
and he will repay you! ~ Proverbs 19:17
I think for the most part almost everyone will agree it’s a good thing to feed the hungry. The problem I see in this is we determine who the hungry is. Why? Because we feel like and have been told how many scammers are out there, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard about the man begging on the street corner and around the corner he has a Mercedes parked.
A few weeks back I was at the gas station, I know everyone who works there and a woman came up to me and asked for money for food. She didn’t make up some story about needing gas to get her sick mother to a hospital etc, but simply said “I’m hungry can you help?” I gave her a couple bucks and said bless you and she walked away. When I went into the station to pay they ALL jumped on me telling me what a “FOOL” I am and how she begs there every single day….laughed at me and called me a fool. I walked out of there shaking my head and thinking “I’m a fool???? they are the fools” So what if she begs there daily and lives off that, in the bible there are stories of men and woman who sat in the same place begging for years and we read these stories and think nothing of it.
Then there is the one “they just go buy alcohol with it and I’m not going to give for that….” — I take this stance …. If I feel a nudge from the spirit to give them something, it’s not my business what they do with it, it is between them and God. After all if God uses me to give them money, the money is from HIM!!! I am sick of walking around trying to protect myself from being taken when I GIVE money away to someone. In the end what really matters?
God rewards, God provides, and it’s His money, his resources … as for me I’m a Stewart of his stuff.
A very good word today indeed.
Now go out and have an EPIC day today