Text: Proverbs 31:19-22
We have already read in this chapter of proverbs how the wife of noble character provides for her family, which is the proper thing to do (cf., 1 Tim.5:8), and no one would argue against that. But the verses for today also teach us about care for needy persons who are not part of our family. This goodly wife opens wide her hand to those who are in need. It is often easier to give money or something we have. But this woman is not simply giving, she is also making something to give. She is taking time, money, and effort so that she can make
giveaways to the poor.

Consider what Jesus gave for us, who are needy and poor in spirit. He lived perfect righteousness and was tempted far more than we will ever be, yet He did not sin; on the cross He took our sin upon Himself and paid our death penalty; His resurrection broke the power of death; and He now intercedes for us. Then He gave all this to His people as a free gift. Working for the purpose of giving is beyond the expectation of most people, but that is how work can be worship. God freely gave all things to you, so give freely to others as well.

Meditate on verse 20. How are you going to apply it to your life?
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, help me to feed the poor and the needy in my community. Amen.

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