Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Poor People (Part 10)
He delivers the poor in their affliction.
Job 36:15 (NKJV)
For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
Psalm 9:18 (NKJV)
'For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,' says the Lord; 'I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.'
Psalm 12:5 (NKJV)
All my bones shall say, 'Lord, who is like You, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?'
Psalm 35:10 (NKJV)
He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.
Psalm 72:4 (NKJV)
From Jehovah to Emmanuel, from Genesis to Revelation, from Verse to Verse throughout the Good Book, God promises a bang-to-buck result: poor people will be delivered.
Sometimes, we witness it with our own eyes: orphans reunited with parents, simple believers who never lack, achievers raised out of poverty, quiet heroes receiving rewards or small-town stars making the big stage.
But what about all the refugees and the starving kids with hopeless eyes? Or the patients stuck in cancer wards? Consider innocent prisoners and girls trafficked for shameless profit. People cast away and downtrodden. When is their deliverance coming?
If God's timing is hard for us to understand, if one of His days is like a thousand years here, if our entire lifespan is like a puff of smoke, If God's top achievers endured long and hard trials...
If Jesus lived simply for over three decades, only to get nailed to a hard Cross at the end, if His resurrection offers us deliverance...
If pregnant women bear their loads for nine full months, if labor is an undeniable ordeal, if each new birth is worth every hard contraction, if mothers soon forget the pain of suffering... Is a worth-it-all outcome waiting for the poor?
This much we know; poor people will be delivered. The 'when' is God's business, but His guarantee stands.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.