For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you, “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land” Deuteronomy 15:11.
God has been tugging at my heartstrings when it comes to the homeless lately. It literally pains me to pass by someone in need and not have anything to give. And if I’m being completely honest, sometimes it even pains me to give. With a man on every corner, my wallet doesn’t stand a chance. So what else can we do?
The Lord tells us to provide for the needy. We must help them with their physical health, but we can’t ignore their spiritual health either. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will fall and give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31). So what good does it do to hand a guy a few bucks and then keep walking? Yes, you just provided him with a means for food, but anyone can do that. We as Christians are called to give more.
What do they need Lord? Besides money, how can I make their day better and invite them to find You?
God has blessed me enough that I’ve never experienced life without a home or food, but I imagine it can be pretty lonely and extremely hopeless. So, I decided to find ways to help by making bags for them. I went to Target and bought sandwich bags, peanut butter crackers, Starburst, raisins, mints, and notecards. I separated the food, put them in bags, and wrote notes on the cards that said:
GOD KNOWS YOU AND HE LOVES YOU
What else do they need to know? Though they live a life that reflects hopelessness and abandonment, God shows us that even with nothing, we have value. Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; You are Mine (Isaiah 43:1) is what He tells us. He knows each of our names and loves us. This message is the most powerful thing you can tell someone who has nothing. God knows who each one of us is. You aren’t forgotten or alone. You are loved by Love.
I encourage each of you to give what you can. If it’s money, do it. If it’s food, do it. If all you can do is ask them their name and pray for them, do it. We are all children of God struggling in this world. But how much better would if be if we were all in it together? Go out there and make someone smile. Make someone who has nothing feel like they’re everything, even if it lasts for just one day. Find little ways to show someone they matter. Show them God.