Then I said, “What you are doing isn’t right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God and not invite the reproach of our foreign enemies? Nehemiah 5:9
Our world seems to be filled with people who are self-centered and not concerned about being fair or treating others with respect but only in doing what is going to profit or benefit themselves in some way. It seems there is little real concern for those who are down on their luck and struggling to survive.
Nehemiah was angry with those who were taking advantage of the poor. He clearly told them that what they were doing was not right. Throughout God’s Word His concern for the poor and oppressed is revealed. Nehemiah insisted that the poor be treated fairly and notably, Moses before him clearly called the people to care for the poor!
Challenge: Read Exodus 22:22-27; Leviticus 25:36-37; Deuteronomy 14:28 and 29:7-11 to determine God’s way for treating the poor. Pray that God will help you do what is right and to have the same type of love and concern that God has for those who are in need.