Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all. Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail. Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.
Food For Thought:
This passage of Scripture is a perfect illustration of the Old Testament concept of good begets good and evil begets evil. But we all know that the world doesn’t work this way. Sometimes good people have horrible things happen to them and sometimes bad people have good things that happen to them. In this passage of Scripture the writer is trying to explain what God’s justice is like. How would you describe God as a just God? What injustices in this world have you been willing to take a stand about? Is there something that is calling you right now to take a stand? If so, what is it and what is holding you back?
Holy Lord, maker of us all, you call us to love our neighbors as ourselves and teach us that faith without works is dead. Open us to the opportunities for ministry that lie before us, where faith and words and the need of our neighbor come together in name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.