The poor and the oppressor have this in common--the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.
I wanted to add this verse that we studied before . . .
Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
I wonder if sometimes the opulence and splendor of his palace made Solomon repeat this concept in his proverbs? I'm sure that as he went out of the palace and moved among his people, that the stark contrast between the way some of them lived, and the way that he lived, was very obvious, and perhaps gave him pause to consider.
Again in this verse, he has reminded us of the "sameness" of the human race --- it does not matter if we are rich or poor, powerful or weak, we are all in need of God's love, and His touch in our hearts and lives. Once He has touched us, we will open our hearts to others.
We can see around us people who have not yet realized this. Just as the writer of Ecclesiastes did:
"Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. -Ecclesiastes 5:10Paul reminds us of this, in the New Testament:
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." I Timothy 6:17-19The life that is truly life . . .
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have."And it's not just about the money, either.
Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
Are we focused on living our lives for Christ? (Not focused on other people, and the differences in our blessings?) Are we using what He gives us as good stewards? Laying up treasures? Which kind?