Sunday – 10.14.12

We were back in Proverbs this week discussing what the book of Proverbs says about poverty. Most of us don’t think about poverty until we are forced to and most of us really don’t have much idea what we can do to help those who are poor. But God is clear about his love for and support of those in poverty. Proverbs tells us that when we are generous with the poor, we are lending to the Lord. But generosity is difficult for us. Proverbs tells us that our money is a “strong city” and we trust it, rather than God, to keep us safe.

There are many reasons that people become poor. For some, it’s bad decision making. Sometimes some form of injustice causes poverty. Sometimes poverty is perpetuated from one generation to the next. The reasons people live in poverty are many and are often more complex than we realize. Accordingly, the solutions are often more complex than we realize. The solution to poverty lies in relationships and relationships usually cost you something; either time or money or energy or pain…and we don’t normally like to give up things if we don’t have to.

The key here is this – we are all poor in the eyes of God. Not only materially but, more importantly, spiritually. Next to his perfection we are all completely destitute. And for us, it’s a relationship that brings us up out of our spiritual poverty – a relationship with Jesus Christ. He became poor for our sake so that we might become rich. In this, he is our example of how to interact with the poor. He emptied himself of everything necessary to have a relationship with us and bring us up out of poverty. We should be willing to do the same.

 

Band for the week was:

  • Aaron Chappell – vox + guitar
  • Ben Davis – vox + guitar
  • John Enzor – bass
  • Patrick Downing – drums

Setlist for the week was:

  • This City is Yours
  • Exalted One
  • Come Ye Sinners
  • I Surrender
  • How He Loves
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