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February 8 – You’re not a socialist if you help the needy

“Because I delivered the poor who cried out, the fatherless and the one who had no helper. The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.” – Job 29:12-13 

Scripture reading: Malachi 3:1-5

The truly reformed man is not just one who knows the five points of Calvinism or one who is familiar with the Heidelberg Catechism or the Westminster Standards. The truly reformed man is one who understands Reformed doctrine, who knows the greatness and wonder of his salvation, and puts it into practice as he shows love for Jesus and His people.

Job showed that his heart was truly reformed by the Saviour by standing up for the poor, the orphans and the disenfranchised – the ones with no helper. He lived at a time when there was no social safety net. At that time, widows, orphans and foreigners were often abused for cheap labour and treated with scorn. He lived at a time when the existence of the weak in society was dependent on Christian charity. So he had to reach out to help. (Too bad Israel and then Judah forgot this, and it became one of the reasons for the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities of God’s people.)

You too, as the redeemed of the Lord, must help. Remember Jesus’ words through Solomon: “If you give to the poor, you lend to the Lord.” And know this, God always pays back. Of course, you must make sure the person is truly needy, but once that is established, get to work and help. Remember, all that you are and have is not because of your goodness or greatness, but all that you are and have is because of the Lord Jesus.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that you will look for the poor, that you will have the desire to help the poor, and that you will help the poor.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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