Anglican Devotional 17 October 2022 – The Rich And The Poor

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The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 17 October 2022 – The Rich And The Poor

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TOPIC: The Rich And The Poor


READ: Proverbs 14:31- 15:17 (NKJV)

  1. He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
  2. The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.
  3. Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But [what is] in the heart of fools is made known.
  4. Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin [is] a reproach to [any] people.
  5. The king’s favor [is] toward a wise servant, But his wrath [is against] him who causes shame.
  6. A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
  7. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
  8. The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
  9. A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
  10. A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.
  11. [In] the house of the righteous [there is] much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
  12. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool [does] not [do] so.
  13. The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright [is] His delight.
  14. The way of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness.
  15. Harsh discipline [is] for him who forsakes the way, [And] he who hates correction will die.
  16. Hell and Destruction [are] before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
  17. A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise.
  18. A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
  19. The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
  20. All the days of the afflicted [are] evil, But he who is of a merry heart [has] a continual feast.
  21. Better [is] a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble.
  22. Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.


THE MESSAGE:


Solomon in today’s passage, talks about the relationship expected between the rich and the poor and the end result. The rich who tolerates the poor is considered righteous while the one who oppresses the poor is classified wicked. It is important to understand from the scripture that God created both the rich and the poor. So the poor deserve equal treatment as the rich. Therefore, the poor should not be oppressed.

Also Read: Open Heaven For Today 2022 – Open Heavens 17 October


Anyone who oppresses the poor reproaches God (verse 31). And anyone who reproaches God is considered the wicked who live without hope after death. It is the righteous that have hope of resurrection when they die. It is proper we know that human status in life is determined by God. The poor is neither inferior to the rich, nor the rich superior to the poor. They are both God’s handiwork so we should not allow sentiments to rule over our minds while treating issues relating to both. The rich deserve a fair hearing, so do the poor. Therefore, they should be treated equally so that God will not be reproached.


PRAYER: Are you ready to speak for the poor, even in the face of fat brown envelope?

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