Pro 21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.After the terrible devastation in Haiti, I read a sermon that was calling for people to aid the victims there. One sentence stuck with me, " Instead of blaming God or defending God in the midst of this, our first duty is to bow before God, to pray for those who suffer, to listen to God and to respond obediently with both physical and spiritual aid." I thought that was a very appropriate response.
Pro 21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
As terrible as it may seem, I heard a few people who solemnly intoned that it was wasteful to send aid to the area for one reason or another. These people reminded me of the religious leaders in Jesus' day, who spent their time arguing about whose sin caused a man's blindness -- his parents' sin, or his own --- instead of doing something to help the man!!
We all know that we need to be sensitive to the truly poor, but at the same time we do not need to be ignorant of the devil’s strategies. We have a responsibility to be good stewards of what God has placed into our hands.
Don't you think these verses go together nicely with this verse in Proverbs . . .
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. I John 3:16-18And this passage, too:
15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[a] is that? James 2:15-16And finally this one . . . the golden one:
And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise. Luke 6:31I don't think there's any more that I can say, that these verses have not said.