“Gifts To The Poor” By Kirk Hunt
To establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.
Esther 9:21–22 NKJV
The Jewish holiday of Purim is a time of joy and celebration. Haman’s conspiracy was thwarted and Mordecai personally promoted by King Ahasuerus. Yet, in all of the feasting and festivity, gifts to the poor were intended to be a part of Purim.
Too often those who are doing well give no thought about those who are struggling. You may not be able to erase all of their suffering or difficulty, but you can share your joy. Joy and celebration is not a zero-sum game. You and they can win, simultaneously.
Were the poor at risk from Haman’s plot? Yes, just like wealthier folk. Life and liberty are precious commodities, regardless of your income level. Was their salvation from Haman’s conspiracy any less precious? Not one iota less than other folk.
Consider the things you enjoy, the privileges you experience, and the benefits you receive. Is it really so difficult or onerous to share from all that God has provided to you? After all, sharing increases joy in the world.
God has blessed you. Consider how you can pass His blessings on to others, as Jesus commanded. Give your gifts, especially to those less fortunate. Joy, divided and distributed, gets larger, not smaller.
Think: I can share my joy, especially with those who are less fortunate.
Pray: “Lord, help me to remember to bless others in Your Name.”
Copyright © July 2017, Kirk Hunt
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