Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
Banks lend money out to people with the expectation that they will get paid back with interest. It is one of their processes of making more money. The banks are not always very concerned about what is done with the money, they just want to be ensured they will get it back.
People often loan things out to friends or family. They will loan out tools or equipment, books, dishes, or even vehicles. Nearly everything can be available to be loaned out. In this type of loan, people do expect to get the item back, but not necessarily with interest. They trust that the item will come back in good condition.
Jesus had stated that one should be willing to lend to anyone, but not to expect a return. Believers are to lend out freely and not force the person to return the item. They are not expected to get what was loaned out back with interest.
The reason for it can be found in what Solomon says. When a person is kind to a poor person, he is lending to the Lord. Being kind is providing something that the person needs. It could be some material thing or just a listening ear or a helping hand.
Being kind to someone who is poor, often means that person cannot pay it back. This is where one needs to trust in the Lord.
God is watching everything that you do. He is taking note of it and will not forget it. When you have reached out and met a need of someone else, God will reward you. The methods of rewarding you may be different each time.
There are times God will abundantly meet your needs. You will end up with a surplus. Other times God will fill you with His joy and peace at being able to help meet another person’s needs. Ultimately you will be rewarded in heaven for all the good things you have done.
As you go through life, do not be afraid to help meet the needs of someone else. Trust that God will meet your needs and reward you for what you have done for someone else.
I pray today that you will trust God’s provision; that God will use you to help meet the needs of others; that you will freely lend to others; and that God’s love and generosity will be shown through your life.