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Date: July 26

Category: Godly Character

Proverbs 3:27-28
"Withhold not good from those to whom it is due [its rightful owners], when it is in the power of your hand to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it – when you have it with you."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese verses teach us about compassion. They teach about doing good for others and being generous. Generosity is so important for happiness. Actually, selfishness is the root of all unhappiness. Some people are so unhappy in life and they don't understand why. They may even have lots of money but are still unhappy. It's usually because they're selfish. Selfishness is the primary cause of unhappiness. It says here in verse 27a, "Withhold not good from those to whom it is due…" In other words, don't withhold good from those who need it – those who are struggling to survive and need our help, especially if it is in the power of our hands to help.

We all have needs, but there are those who have greater needs than us. In North America, most people are very well off. Compared to other parts of the world, they're actually quite rich. There is an abundance of everything here in North America. Of course, there are some people in North America who struggle financially as well, and we are to help those people. But there are many people in the world today who are struggling financially and need our help as well.

Poverty is one of the greatest problems in our world today. Today there are 2.8 billion people who have to survive on $2.00 a day. There are another 1.2 billion people who have to survive on only $1.00 a day. Out of a hundred children, every 8th child will not live beyond their fifth birthday because of lack of food, medicine, or good living conditions. So one of our greatest needs is to eradicate poverty in the world. And most of us here in North America have the ability to help someone in need. If we have the power to do that, then we should.

For example, on the Balkans where we do missions work, there are many refugees and displaced people. The majority of the population is struggling to survive. In Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kosovo, the average income in today's dollars is about $320 a month. Yet the average expense is similar to what it is here in North America, which is about $3000 a month. So what happens? Many people struggle just to survive. Unfortunately, a lot of them don't survive. Many die of starvation or they freeze to death in the winter because they don't have sufficient shelter. Some people commit suicide. Other people even commit crimes because they're so desperate. It's all because they are in such hopeless situations. Africa is another example where poverty is taking over. Even in some Asian countries, the people are enduring similar hardships. There are people all over the world who need our help.

So in this verse, God says that we should "Withhold not good from those to whom it is due," especially when it is in our power to help them. That's why giving God our 10% tithe is so important. That's why giving an offering, which is over and above that 10%, is so important. That money is used to extend the Kingdom of God and bring hope to the hopeless.

Then we read in verse 28, "Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again; and tomorrow I will give it – when you have it with you." If you have the ability to help the poor right at that very moment, then do it. Don't hold back and don't delay. Don't put it off for a later time because God wants us to help the needy now. It doesn't mean you should be foolish and give everything you have away and then find yourself struggling financially as well. You have to make sure you have enough for yourself. But once you ensure that, you have to ensure that you help those who need it.

We can all do something to help others. We cannot help every single person in need, but we can do something to help someone. Just because we can't solve the problem of world poverty, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Even though we can't help everybody, we should still try to help as many people as we can. According to this Scripture, we should not withhold our help from people if we have the power in our hands to help them. So today, let's examine our lives. Let's acknowledge that here in North America God has blessed us tremendously. Now let's turn around and bless someone else, someone who's in need. If it's in our power to help, we should all help!

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