Psalm 113:7 “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap.”
God’s heart is always for the poor and the needy. In fact, Jesus began his ministry by quoting Isaiah 61:3 stating, the spirit of The Lord is upon me to preach the good news to the poor. Jesus is good news because he came to set the captives free from the curse of the enemy. The truth is you can have everything this world has to offer but still be poor and needy. The news is riddled with reports of celebrities that have over dosed on drug or committed suicide.
In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. We need to see our poverty to seek help in a situation. I remember when Jim and I were in our early twenties and both teaching. We began to accumulate "stuff". I can still see Jim looking out the window and saying, "is this all there is to live, buying the next gadget"! That was the beginning of our realization that we were poor in spirit.
It doesn't matter where you are in life or what you have done, God is always the God of the second, third or forth chance. He never gives up on us and he will always raise us out of the ashes we are in. In fact, Isaiah says He will give us beauty instead of ashes. God specializes in taking our brokenness and poverty and giving us everything we need. All we have to do is ask. He says ask and it will be given seek and you will find knock and the door will be opened.
Be encouraged today. The same power that raised Christ from the dead out of the dust is the same power that is at work for you today. Whatever your need or wherever you are at with Him, know that He loves you and is for you. He does not judge you or condemn you. His desire is to heal you and restore you so you can have life and that to the full.
Prayer: “Father I ask that you would come and meet me in every area where I am needy, broken and poor. I ask that you would give me beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair. Thank you that you are for me and love me.”