November 15, 2011

Poor and Needy

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 15, 2011

“But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.” Psalm 40:17

Mature and growing disciples of Jesus understand their utter dependence on Him. A man or woman of high position has to come low before the Lord to learn of Him. Money cannot buy the blessing of God. It’s only in going before Him in brokenness that spiritual riches can be received. A needy soul needs a Savior to see it through troubled times.

We don’t wait and go to God after we have it all together. Instead, we enter into His presence poor in our ability to change circumstances and people. We long for the Lord’s help sooner than later, because we understand He has the right answers. The world’s solutions prove sterile and ineffective compared to the wisdom from intimacy with Jesus.

“I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You, You have made known to us the dream of the king” (Daniel 2:23).

Are your actions independent of Almighty God or are you solely dependent on Him? Jesus stands at the door of your life, not just for salvation, but for ongoing fellowship. So, humbly invite Him into the home of your heart, even when it’s cluttered with confusion or messy from mistakes. You need the Lord’s help to handle life’s hurts.

The first Adam thought he needed more knowledge from a tree in order to live for God, but the second Adam (Jesus), knew He needed to die on a tree to live for His heavenly Father. Your Savior Jesus lifts up your surrendered soul to see the light of His love. He takes your submission and aligns your heart around His will. His poverty makes you rich.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Thus, cease from striving in your own strength and surrender to the Spirit’s resources. Confess your inability to be a loyal friend without an infusion of faith. Recognize you are poor and needy as a parent, but in Christ, you are a more than competent caregiver for your children. Relational and health issues, or problems at work are opportunities for God’s grace to grace your attitude and actions. Spiritual riches await the poor in spirit.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule” (Matthew 5:3, The Message).

Where specifically in my life am I poor and needy for the Lord’s spiritual riches?

Related Readings: Psalm 109:22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-30; 2 Corinthians 1:12

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