MONDAY JULY 20, 2020
TOPIC: DON’T ROB THE POOR!
TEXT: PROVERBS 22:16-29
KEY VERSE: “Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate” (PROVERBS 22:22).
God, our Creator, has given severe warning to the rich and influential to desist from robbing the poor and oppressing the afflicted and downtrodden. The plight of man is to exploit the weak, poor and ignorant folks around him and reduce them to puppets, serving only his interest. The strong and mighty in almost all human societies have often violated the rights and reduced the privileges of those who cannot challenge them. The result of this unjust treatment is attendant upheavals such as strife, agitations, protests, conflicts and wars which have become common occurrences around the globe today. Social injustice is the root cause of many catastrophes known in human history. Its spiritual effect is more devastating in time and eternity for those who delight in the oppression of the poor and the lowly members of the society. The God of truth and justice hates oppression and turns His hands and attention against wicked oppressors of His children. Indeed, "...the way of the wicked he turneth upside down" (Psalm 146:9). Prophet Isaiah made more scathing remarks about those oppressors, "Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!" (Isaiah 10:1, 2). God hates oppression and we should not overtly or covertly use it on others - whether rich or poor. Honour should be given to all.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do not add more pain to aching souls.
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