Gifts To The Poor

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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How Do You Use What You Have?

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“How Do You Use What You Have?” by Kirk Hunt

 

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:   For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:22–23 KJV

 

Everything legal is not correct or moral.  Segregation was once legal in the United States.  Education and literacy is not legal for everyone in the world today.

 

What the oppressors do not seem to understand is the price they pay when they oppress.  God Himself guards the poor and helpless.  His omniscient eye sees.  Eventually, His omnipotent hand moves.

 

Wealth and power have their place.  I certainly want them.  1 Timothy 6:10 does not criticize money directly.  Instead, Scripture condemns loving money so much that you do the wrong thing(s).

 

Money, influence and capitalism will not soon be outlawed in the world.  Nor should they.  Scripture commands you to use your wealth and influence with justice and fairness.  Do you?

 

God watches.  His blood boils when His little ones are oppressed.   Eventually, He moves against those who perpetrate injustice.

 

The more you have, the easier it is to oppress and mistreat others.  The more you have, the easier it is to act to benefit those around you, and still make a profit.  What does God see when you use your wealth and influence?

 

Think:            Justice and fairness please God.  How do I use my wealth and influence?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to use my wealth and influence with justice and fairness.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2012, Kirk Hunt

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