“Has He Eaten Today?”

“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” Psalm 41:1.

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Do others feel conflicting emotions over the person standing on the corner in rags holding a sign pleading for help of one kind or another? Do you pretend not to see? Stop to see? Wonder if the need is true? Do you consider the poor?

The man sat alone at a table, no sign. His blond hair unkempt and his clothes torn and dirty. Occasionally, he spoke to no one any of us could see. The car hops walked around him with trays of food being served to the many waiting in their cars.  My Mom and I ate our chicken strips and drank our flavored lemonade. But my thoughts kept my eyes on the unkempt man speaking to his unknown friends. Finally, I buzzed the order takers.

”Has the man sitting alone eaten anything?”

There was a pause followed by the quick appearance of one of the car hops at my car.

“No, Ma’am, I don’t believe he has eaten anything today.”

What good would my one meal do for the man who had nothing?

“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble…He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse… The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.” (Prov. 28:27; Prov. 22:9).

I don’t know the answer but he could have been me. In fact he was me at one time and the Lord reached down and delivered me from all my trouble.  In fact, the giving would most likely do more for me than him because God’s word says,

“And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:14.

Honestly, that day, the blessedness of the act hid itself from me. I left him only a moment better off than he was, as far as I could see, but again the Lord speaks, this time to the poor.

“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence; and precious shall their blood be in his sight.” Psalm 72:12-14.

Maybe at the resurrection of the just, maybe, he will be there. And when I stand before the Lord, I can hear, “You saw me hungry and you fed me.” Maybe, just maybe, one meal in the Lord’s name will feed a hungry soul. Who knows? Only God.  But this I do know.  His love did not withhold the Lord from giving His Son for my need. I was the man.

Loving Heavenly Father, as you have blessed us with your love, open our eyes and our hearts to those you put in our paths.

What is your first response to the one standing on the corner or sitting alone waiting for one act of kindness?