Be Gracious

based on the Love God Greatly Study, From Broken to Restored / w2d4

Scripture: Nehemiah 5:1-5; Deuteronomy 23:19-20; Proverbs 3:27/ SOAP: Proverbs19:17

The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord,

and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs 19:17

So what does it mean to be gracious to the poor? According to some translations it is to “have pity on. The word pity is defined as compassion or expressing love. I remember reading one time that when we live like this, giving to the poor, it is like lending our money to the Lord. When we do this we can rest assured that He will repay us.

Going Further

The real meat of today is found in our continuing story from Nehemiah. In today’s portion we do not read anything about the building of the wall. I found this quite odd since our last encounter spoke of how they were continuing to work even under threat of the enemy. So why did it stop? We do not know for sure but it would appear that God’s people were fighting with each other.

They weren’t only fighting with each other, but they were having money problems. Sometimes these problems are our own doing and other times they happen because of unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances. What we do and/or how we respond is crucial to the outcome. A famine, borrowed money, taxes, and indebtedness can turn our hearts to worry, anger, concern, grumbling, or and away from God’s work.

“The work stopped because because of strife among God’s people. The enemy could not stop the work of God by direct attack, but the work stopped when God’s people weren’t unified and working together. The group fought against one another. When God’s people fight one another they certainly are neither fighting the real enemy nor getting God’s work done.”
Prayerful Response to God’s Word

Father, guard us from falling prey to the enemy – whether from within or without – don’t let our response stop the work You have called us to. Help us to be gracious, loving, and kind in all circumstances – Amen

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