What the Bible says about Poverty: Proverbs 14:31

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking a little time out of your day to join us in discovering what’s God word says about poverty. This is our fifth post in a series of ten. Make sure to catch up on our previous posts if you missed them.

Today let’s look at Proverbs 14:31:

The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker, but one who is kind to the needy honors him. Proverbs 14:31

It’s odd isn’t it? We have this huge God, so powerful and holy that we’re called to fear Him. It seems He’d relate to those who are powerful on earth, yet he doesn’t. God sends his son Jesus down to earth not as a worldly King, but as a baby whose parents place him in a lowly feeding trough in the barn where they’re spending the night. Born not to royalty, but to simple ordinary people… from a line of broken and unlikely people who were used for great purposes by God.

Our God isn’t a God of perfect people. He’s a God of the hurt, disenfranchised, sinners, broken, and those who aren’t rich in this world. How often do we think about the fact that God not only made all people in his image, but that he identifies with the poor?

We see this played out again in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus is teaching on who will be inheritors of the Kingdom. At a pivotal moment in this story, when people are questioning when they ever fed Jesus when He was hungry or gave Him something to drink when He was thirsty, Jesus says this, “I assure you: whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

God, the highest of the most high, sent his beloved Son down to earth to live among a sinful world as a lowly baby and to minister to broken people. As imitators of Christ, let’s live by His example. (Ephesians 5:1-2)