By Tonya Jewel Blessing from the Bible study, Soothing Rain
My husband and I used to live on a rutted, dirt road east of Denver. Our home rested on the south side of the road. During springtime, the black and white cattle with their yearlings grazed on the north side.
One morning late in May, a woman from the city decided to go for a ride in the peaceful, quiet country. When a semi-truck hauling grain passed her compact car on the narrow road, she panicked, oversteered, and rolled her vehicle into the grassy field across the street from our home.
The heifers and calves gathered round to stare at their mutual predicament.
We decided to become a little more welcoming than the heifers and calves. A glass of water, a gentle embrace, and kind words provided the environment for her to share her struggles with divorce, depression, loneliness, finances, and health concerns.
The Bible says in Proverbs 19:17 (NIV) that when we show kindness to the poor we are lending to God.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
We weren’t lending to our friend. We were lending to the Lord.
Our new friend wasn’t “poor” in the physical sense, but she was certainly poor in spirit. God has a heart for those living in poverty – whether they are struggling for physical or spiritual nutrition. The Bible defines the poor as people who are weak, deprived, needy, empty, and withered. In the original text of this verse showing kindness meant bending down, or stooping over; sitting face to face with someone in need; looking them in the eyes with the love of Christ; offering friendship; uniting our lives with their lives for the purpose of easing
their burden. In fact, the word “lending” means to weave together.
When we “lend” our kindness to others, the LORD becomes involved in our efforts. He aids us in our service to those in need. The Bible says that He even rewards us. He brings restoration, peace, and safety to our lives. He gives us strength to finish our spiritual race.
May the LORD continue to use us both as individuals and collectively, to lend to those in need both physically and spiritually.
Find also, a Goodreads review of Tonya Blessing’s Melody of the Mulberries.