“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 11
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20. She opens her arms to the poor and
extends her hands to the needy.
Oh, the blessings that we have been given from Heaven! I don’t think we stop enough times in the day to praise the Lord and give thanks for all of His provisions in our lives. Lots of money, little money; a big house, a small apartment; good health, poor health; lots of children, no children.
Isn’t it only right that we open our arms and hands to the poor and needy to give back and share what we have been given? It’s been my experience in life that the more I give away, I get even more back only to give it away again! It seems to me to be the Lord’s cycle. His will.
When the Lord spoke through His prophet, Malachi, He was speaking about how His people were robbing Him. The people asked how they were doing this, “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse - the whole nation - because you are robbing me.” the Lord answered them. Our giving to the poor and needy is part of our offerings. Hear what God’s promise is to His people:
Read Malachi 3:10 and fill in the blanks: “Bring the __________ __________ into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. _________ me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not __________ open the _______________ of heaven and pour out ______ _________ _____________ that you will not have room enough for it.”
There is nothing in this world that we should hold on to so tightly that we are not willing to share with others who may be in greater need than ourselves. There is always someone who is in a worse condition than we are. It doesn’t matter if it’s money, goods, a physical ability, a listening ear, a compassionate heart, it was not meant to be kept to ourselves - no misers allowed!
Read Proverbs 3:27-28 and fill in the blanks: “Do not _____________ good from those who deserve it, when it is in your ___________ to act. Do not say to your _____________, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it _____________’ - when you now have it with you.”
We must be ready to move and give when the Lord calls us at that time. I do admit, there have been times when giving was needed and my brain completely passed it by. When I finally realized what had happened it was too late! Tomorrow may be too late.
My husband completely amazes me. We can be somewhere in the middle of the city or the desert and he will see someone in need, especially the elderly, his heart is moved and he acts right then and there. His time is never too precious that he can’t reach out to someone and show the Lord’s love. Me? I’ve completely missed it and am brought to reflection when I watch him.
Read Proverbs 27:19 and fill in the blanks: “As water ______________ a face, so a man’s __________ ____________ the man.”
When Jesus was being anointed with the nard in Bethany, Judas grudgingly made the statement that the perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor. He didn’t say this because he wanted to help the poor, that was the farthest thing from his mind! John 12 states that Judas was a thief, as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
When the Lord reprimanded Judas, He stated firmly that we would always have the poor with us, but we wouldn’t always have Him. Judas was holding on too tight to self. Pride.
When the rich, young ruler came to Jesus and wanted to know how he could obtain eternal life, the Lord gave specific commandments the young man needed to follow. He said that he had kept all the ones that the Lord had mentioned, what did he still lack? There was one more thing needed to be perfect.
Read Matthew 19:21 and fill in the blanks: ‘Jesus answered, “If you want to be _____________, go, sell your ________________ and give to the poor, and you will have _____________ in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”’ Make note of Mark 10:21a, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” He knew his heart.
This young man held on too tightly to stuff. It was his security blanket. He was not willing enough to give to the poor possibly coming to the point of being poor himself. He deeply cared for his status among his peers. I think he saw this in himself as he walked away, because he walked away sad.
I love what Psalm 37:25-26 says: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”
Additional Reading on giving from the heart: Exodus 25:1-8, 1 Chronicles 29:1-20, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Personal Question: How do I give of myself freely and generously with open arms and hands anointing my Lord with the pure nard of charity? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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