Good evening girls!
We are now in chapter 22 and if you've stayed in Proverbs and tried your best to keep up, well done to you! It's not always easy to get the time to be in the Word of God, but I've learned along my Christian journey, that I must make the time. HERE are a few tips you might find helpful if you're struggling to get time on your own with the Lord.
This evening I'm going to look at verses 22 and 23 in this chapter. Basically what we are being taught here is that when someone is already struggling with some difficulty in their life (in this case it is poverty) we must not add to their burden and make things worse for them. As we would say nowadays "Don't kick someone when they're down". I looked up an online dictionary and here's their definition, along with an example of what this saying means -
to do something bad to someone when you know they already have a lot of problems
His wife left him last month and I don't want to kick a man when he's down, but we simply don't
have any more work for him.If someone is having a hard time with something, especially if it is another sister in the Lord, we should try our best to help them and ease their burden in some way. This could mean being a friend for them to talk to or just someone who will listen and give emotional support. In any case, we should never add to their burdens and make things even more difficult for them.
Verse 23 tells us why we shouldn't do this...simply because God will step in and deal with the matter and with those who made things harder for them. The example we are given in verse 22 tells us that there is a poor man who is obviously having to deal with having little or no money. Then along comes another person or group of people who heartlessly takes what little he might have and leave him with absolutely nothing. Instead of showing a little compassion and helping him out, they have made things a lot worse for this man and who knows how he will react to this. Are you in the middle of a difficult situation where you feel that things have become pretty hard for you and then someone comes along and knocks you to the ground, instead of helping you up? Try not to despair, because if you are a Christian and believe the Word of God to be absolute truth, then rest assured that the Lord will stand up for you and will deal with this matter and with the person or people who have harmed you like this. We read that the Lord will "spoil the soul of those that spoiled them". According to Webster's dictionary, this word 'spoil' has to do generally with war, when soldiers came in and forcefully took what they could find in a city that had been defeated in battle. God is saying here that if someone has done you harm and has taken something from you (physically or emotionally), He will take from them what they have taken from you forcefully. GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE and He will "plead your cause". Leave the matter entirely in His hands. He loves you; you are His child. He will always be on your side.
Hugs, Karen x