What the Bible says about Poverty: Deuteronomy 15:10-11

Hello! Thanks for stopping by to read today’s post. This is the fourth post in the series called “What the Bible says about Poverty.” Make sure to take time to read previous posts from the series, if you missed them. Today, we’ll look at the passage in Deuteronomy that follows last weekscripture reference.

The passage begins by warning people not to be hard-hearted and less generous to their brothers in poverty as the seventh year approached, the year when debts were cancelled, because the Lord would find them guilty (Deuteronomy 15:7-9)The passage ends like this:

(10) Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do. (11) For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, “You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:10-11.

This passage again emphasizes, that God is concerned about our hearts and attitudes when it comes to caring for the poor. It’s not enough to grudgingly give out of obligation or only when it’s convenient or easy. First, our heart for the oppressed grows because we understand how God views the poor. Second, we go out of our way to stand up for those treated unjustly rather than doing the bare minimum in  order to look like we’re doing a good thing. We give generously and willingly. 

Generosity will look different for everyone because we all have different capacities, skills, and gifts. Like the widow who gave her two coins (Luke 21:1-4), God isn’t interested in the biggest amount. He’s interested in the biggest heart; a heart interested in pursuing him and reflecting His goodness.

It’s hard to part with anything you feel you’ve earned, to spend yourself, to give sacrificially. However, God gave each of us blessings and gifts to be used to glorify Him and serve others (1 Peter 4:10-11). When you give, you’re showing God’s goodness and through you others  “will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-14)