Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 11

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

(Proverbs 31:20)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are making it possible for us to reach out to others. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are doing that out of the wrong motives. Enable us to help others by Your Grace, in Your Strength, and with the resources You are giving to us. May all be done as unto You and to Your glory. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

She looks after her husband; she works with her hands; she provides food for her own household; and now she reaches out to the poor and needy.

READ — Let’s read the verse again:

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

ENGAGE — Think: What does the verse say? (Fill in the blank)

She _____ her hand to the poor.

To whom does she reach out her hands?
(to the) _____

I like what John MacArthur comments on verses 20—24. He says that what the virtuous woman does is “driven by the priority of caring for her family.” The Nelson Illustrated Bible Commentary puts it this way:

The virtuous woman works not to get rich, but to give to the poor. She can be concerned for others because she has provided for her family.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

Who are the poor and needy within your reach?

DO — Think: What are some of the ways you could apply this verse?

Poor does not always have to do with finances and materials. It could also mean that someone is poor because nobody listens to her. Somebody is poor because she does not have a certain ability to accomplish a specific task. She might be rich enough to own a car, but she does not have a driver’s license or she is not healthy enough to drive a car.

We can reach out to the needy in various ways. Often enough a kind word, a smile, or a lovely note is all someone needs in her situation.

Put God first. Provide for your own. Reach out to others.

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