Proverbs 18:23

The poor use entreaties,
but the rich answer roughly.

Our status often determines our behavior. If we are poor, we will rely on entreaties to coax help from others. If we are in a position of power or wealthy enough to procure the help we need from many, we are likely to speak roughly or be more demanding.

Think about this in our relationship with the Lord. It is those who recognize their poverty who will humble themselves before him; those who think they are rich in life see no need for him and are offended to be told otherwise. They patronize and ridicule those who are spiritually humble. Their riches – be it of money or talent or pleasures – blind them to their true position. They are impoverished, believing they are rich.

Are you rough sometimes in your speech or thoughts towards the Lord? Do you find yourself at times demanding the help you want? Are you ever resentful, thinking that your good behavior merits better response from God? What do you have that you have not received, even the ability to behave well?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. They turn to their Savior and Lord humbly for all things. They are not blind to their poverty, nor are they blind to the blessings that are theirs in Christ. They make entreaties like the poor, but they receive the blessings of heirs. Entreat the Lord today for his favor, and know this – that to all who entreat humbly he answers tenderly and generously.

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