Consider the Poor

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.  The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.  The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. Psalms 41:1-3 KJV

What does it mean to consider the poor?  The definition of the word consider from the Merrium Webster dictionary:

– to regard or treat in an attentive or kindly way
– to think about carefully

My interpretation has not been to think & act blindly, but to carefully consider those who are truly poor. Someone who has difficulty paying for what they need: food, clothing, shelter, health. The essentials of life. Psalms 41 instructs us to consider the poor.

Suppose They Will Not Believe Me

Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” Exodus 4:1 NKJV

Moses experiences the miraculous. God visits him and gives him instructions. Moses is concerned about whether or not the people will believe him and that he his not eloquent in speech.

I love how God shows Moses miracles that cannot be second guessed. The rod turning into the snake and the leprous hand are sure signs that God is with him. Testimony backed by the power of God.

When God truly gives us a command, we can walk forward in confidence. When we receive instruction and we are afraid, the following is a good reminder of God’s strength.

So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord ? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” Exodus 4:11-12 NKJV