DATE : Thursday 22 May 2014
He that hath pity upon the poor
lendeth unto the LORD; and that
which he hath given will he pay
him again.
Proverbs 19:17
1 Samuel 1:24-28
24 And when she had weaned him,
she took him up with her, with
three bullocks, and one ephah of
flour, and a bottle of wine, and
brought him unto the house of the
LORD in Shiloh: and the child was
25 And they slew a bullock, and
brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as
thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the
woman that stood by thee here,
praying unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the
LORD hath given me my petition
which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him
to the LORD; as long as he liveth
he shall be lent to the LORD. And
he worshipped the LORD there.
47 and PSALM 107:33-43
Many activities in life have a
boomerang effect. Sowing for
example is an activity that
boomerangs with harvest. When
you sow bountifully on a fertile
ground, all things being equal,
your harvest will be in abundance.
The Bible enjoins us to give,
because our giving will bounce
back to us in a greater dimension.
Luke 6:38 says:
“Give, and it shall be given unto
you; good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together, and running
over, shall men give into your
bosom. For with the same
measure that ye mete withal it
shall be measured to you again.”
Being merciful is another activity
with a boomerang effect (Luke
6:36). We should be merciful,
especially to the poor and needy.
There are many people living in
affluence whose neighbours are
languishing in penury. Such people
cannot be described as merciful.
Some wealthy leaders are guilty of
exploitation. They defraud the
poor and deny them of their right
to basic amenities. Such actions
are evil, sinful and unscriptural.
What is your status? Are you
comfortable, rich, wealthy or
flourishing? There are many ways
you can be merciful to the poor.
You can give to orphanages. There
are people with excess clothes,
materials and goods which are not
useful to them. Such materials can
be given to the poor and needy.
You can also identify some
indigent children in your
neighbourhood and be responsible
for their education. If you have
the means, you can set up a
foundation that will ameliorate the
effects of poverty in your
neighbourhood. Are you a
Christian politician? You are in
position to lend to God by using
your political influence to make
life better for the poor and needy
in your society. You can champion
the cause of the poor in your
constituency and ensure that
necessary amenities are brought to
their doorsteps. There are basic
amenities which the
underprivileged should not be
denied. These include access to
qualitative and affordable
education for their children and
wards, good road network for the
masses, making food available at
an affordable rate, constant and
uninterrupted electricity supply,
security of lives and properties and
access to good and affordable
health care. When we help the
poor, we lend to the Lord and we
are rewarded for it. There are
numerous rewards for those who
lend to the Lord. Such rewards are
both earthly and eternal. As God
did to Hannah when she lent
Samuel to Him, God will ensure
that you are blessed on earth for
giving assistance to the poor. The
other reward is eternal. There are
crowns awaiting triumphant saints
in heaven, especially those who
are merciful to the poor.
Action Point:
Draw up a sustainable plan to help
the poor and downtrodden around


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