Words from the Heart for Sunday November 5th, 2017
If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!
Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)
Lending to the Lord
It is not hard to give a gift to someone that you know will give something in return. However, when you do a kind act to the one in need even though they can’t repay you, you will be honoured by the Lord. Watch for someone to help today. Be ready to show the love of the Father to someone who really needs it. This person in need may never be able to give anything in return, but the Lord will repay you.
Under the Bank Act (Canada), a “foreign bank” is not permitted to engage in or carry on business in Canada except as authorized by the Act. This prohibition against engaging in or carrying on business in Canada would not prohibit a foreign bank from making a loan to a Canadian borrower as long as the nature and extent of all the foreign bank’s activities in Canada do not amount to engaging in or carrying on business in Canada. They are regulated like a Canadian chartered bank.
We recognize that the sovereign Lord of the universe doesn’t need us to lend Him anything. He is completely self-sufficient and everything is ultimately His anyway. If anything, He lends things to us and calls us to be good stewards in how we use what He has provided for us. Which makes Proverbs 19:17 such an interesting verse. King Solomon writes this, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!” Remember that King Solomon bases his proverbs on what he notices as he looks around the world. These are principles rather than promises, although because they are always true, you can take them to the bank. So what Solomon noticed about those who give to the poor is that they are blessed by God. God has a heart for the poor and disenfranchised and so when God’s people come alongside those who are needy, and provide for them, we are simply being the instrument through which God is providing for the needs of those who are the neediest. And He will keep providing through us as we pour His resources into others.
These have been words from the heart.