Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that work is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14
Every nation and town has people who are poor but are willing to work hard for money to meet their needs. Alongside those poor are many wealthy people who hire the poor to do their work.
Very often the poor are hired at a very low minimum wage to do the work needed rather than pay them what they are worth. They are being taken advantaged of their difficult situation.
Moses told the people to not take advantage of the hired worker who is poor regardless of whether he is a native Israelite or a foreigner.
Most people would never admit that they take advantage of someone who is poor or in need, yet it occurs on a regular basis nearly every place a person goes. Sadly this occurs on a regular basis by believers.
Christians are often known as the worst tippers in restaurants on Sundays. The waitress is a ‘hired’ worker to serve the table, yet the believer does not tip or gives a very small one. Others will hire a person to do yard work but pay very little.
Believers are forgetting how generous God is with them and how God is meeting all of their own needs. Without Jesus a person is poor and needy, heading to hell and unable to change the situation on his own. God sent His son Jesus to give His life so that a person may have an abundant fulfilled life.
In the same way it is through a believer in which God works to meet the needs of others whether financially or emotionally.
Believers need to be a blessing to the poor, not taking advantage of them as the world does.
You may or may not directly hire a person to do work for you, but there are times people do work for you as with the case of a waitress. Do not take advantage of the poor person but be generous and pay them what he is truly worth.
Think about how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. The world, in its greed, will take advantage of the poor. You must be separate and different from the world and be like Jesus blessing the poor.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal how you may take advantage of the poor; that God will show you how you can bless the needy; and that you will trust God for your needs.
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10
Regardless of where one goes in the world there are always some poor and needy people nearby. Most often people walk right past a poor person in need of something, refusing to help even though they have the ability to do so.
It is expected that family, the government or someone else will help the person out.
Moses pointed out that there will always be poor people but urged the Israelites to give generously and with a grateful heart to anyone who has a need. In doing so God would bless the giver and all that he does.
Greed and fear of not having enough for self often prevents most people from being willing to give to the needs of others. Others refuse to give because they feel that the poor person made bad decisions and is suffering the consequences of those decisions.
Any believer that chooses not to give to someone in need when he has the ability to has forgotten what God has given him. Before becoming saved by Jesus, every person is needy and poor, lost in sin and death and needing forgiveness and life. Jesus gave His life so that the believer could live.
In the same way that Jesus gave His life believers need to be willing to give some of what they have, their life, to the needs of others. God does not give any believer anything just to horde it, but to use it to help others and build His kingdom.
Giving needs to be done with a generous and grateful heart just as Jesus gave His life. As one does this, God will bless him with more to be able to give more.
You most likely know of some people who are in need of something. Although you may not be able to provide everything that a person may need, you have the ability to provide something. Do not keep your hand tightly closed, gripping on to what you have, but be generous and help meet the needs of others.
Trust God to meet your needs as you work to meet the needs of others. He will provide abundantly above your needs as you give generously to others.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the needs of others; that you will give generously to those God puts in your path; and that you will see God’s amazing provision in your life as you give.