“Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor, and don’t use your position to crush the weak, because God will come to their defense; the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them.”
– Proverbs 22:22-23 –
Poor: of a low or inferior standard or quality.
Weak: frail, feeble, delicate, fragile.
When I read this passage of scripture I don’t think money, as in, broke poor – although it could apply to that most definitely. I think of those who are down and out physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through this lens, poor can pertain to a variety of life scenarios: a leader to their followers, a boss to their employees, a parent to their children, a Christian to a non-Christian, a team captain to his fellow team mates… or even a long-time church attendee to a brand new visitor. The list is endless.
You and I are given numerous opportunities each day to bend down and help the weak arise. Do you do that? Do I do that?
Do we stop?
Do we notice?
Do we serve?
Do we demand?
Do we seek the front row or the back?
Or do we place ourselves high upon pedestals of indifference?
Perhaps my personal new years resolution should be to remember that pedestals tip over. Very easily.