God’s word lifts the poor out of poverty.
One morning as I was sitting on the unfinished concrete floor of our home in Arkansas having a quiet time, I asked, “Why, Lord are you giving my family a house? What about the poor in all the other countries? His answer immediately dissolved the heavy feeling of unworthiness, “My word, that taught you to believe for my provision is the same word that will deliver the poor from their need. Teach them about my provision. It is not My will for any of My children to be in need.”
I knew that my faith was in full action to bring provision of a home for all our children. He was saying that His word and promises are for all His children. I knew this was true and took great comfort in His word to me.
Last month, more than 20 years later, I found myself preaching God’s word to a group of 200 Kenyans that we would describe as desperately poor.
“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” – James 2:5
They were eagerly listening to this white American. What did I have to say? I gave the message I received 20 years earlier, “He loves each one of you and longs to lift you up and provide for you, His word is full of great and precious promises and every one of those promises is written for you. God is not a respecter of persons, nationalities but all are equal in Him.”
“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality.” – II Corinthians 8:14
The congregation all affirmed that this word was true. I challenged them to decide what dream they had, whether for food for tomorrow, education for the children, health care for their family, a source of income, a special need; whatever it was, they needed to actively believe God to answer their prayers. I challenged them to write it down somewhere, speak to one another what they’re expecting God to do for them and write it in the church’s new Impossible Dream Notebook.
God’s word is the source of all provision, wisdom and direction. It is everything you need for life, godliness and provision.