Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.

During this holiday season, a lot of us think about enjoying time with our families, eating great food, and giving gifts to loved ones. One thing we may not consider is the poor. A lot of poor individuals are alone. They have no family or they’ve lost contact with their families. It’s important for us to consider the poor.

Considering the poor doesn’t always mean volunteering at a shelter. There are several ways to consider the poor. We can provide a meal to that one homeless person we see every day on our way to work. We can go online and give to an organization that’s helping the poor. We can give canned goods to pantries. If time and money are limited, a sincere prayer for the poor will do.

It wouldn’t be God-like if benefits weren’t attached. God provided benefits based on our consideration of the poor. As we can see, there are benefits ranging from an empowerment to prosper to strength through illnesses.

Consider the poor to be a blessing to others.