The Humble And Needy Shall Increase Their Joy

In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 29:18-19

There are two kinds of needy people. There is the “I need, I want” folks who are constantly wanting someone else to take responsibility for their lives; these people are never satisfied because they will always have a hand out and a mind-set that says, “I need, I want.” The other kind of needy person is the humble needy; these people are trying their best but the circumstances they have to live with keep them from progressing. It is these folks that this passage is promising joy.

We have done some missionary work in Haiti and there are millions of humble needy people in that country. In a pastors seminar there a few years ago Brother Martinez gave this testimony; “In my area there is much sickness, but God heals; In my area there is little food, but God provides.” You should have seen the joy of the Lord that was on this pastor who had walked 9 hours, barefoot, to the pastors meeting. He had shoes, but he didn’t want to put them on until he got there because he just had one pair and he wanted them to last. This man has joy.

A couple of years ago we helped a homeless couple by letting them come live with us for a time. They were the best house guests we’ve ever had. If I left the house for a while the whole house would be clean when I got home. He would mow the grass and pull the weeds. In just a couple of months they got their ownplace. They have a number of difficulties and never have much money, but they live with the attitude that God has been good to them and they are going to make it.

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to trust you, even in difficult circumstances. I don’t want to be a “I want, I need” person. I want to be one who endures hardship rejoices in all things at all times.

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