Paul had a painful predicament (he called it a thorn). He prayed three times for God to take it away but the answer was NO. Explaining the reasons for His answer God said, “…My power works best in weakness.”
Having realized this Paul said: “So now I am happy to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my defects, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
What Paul revealed in this scripture is that God was the architect of his distress. In essence, Paul says, a distressed person is powerful because he/she is loaded with celestial power. Just like electric power travels through conductive cables divine power travels through distressed beings. Jesus went even further to say that serving the indigent equals serving Him. How? Because Jesus (the power) dwells in them. When you visit the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and protect the vulnerable,Jesus said, you are doing it to him and therefore touching His power. (Matt. 25:34-36)
Again, it was Jesus who said the indigents would always be with us (Matt. 26:11). This is because the indigents are divine power stations. Like any other power station, the power they carry is not for their personal use but for others. Whoever meets their needs draws God’s blessing. God knows we need His power to prosper that is why He has put the needy around us.
If you are keen enough, you will realize that in every family and indeed in every community the indigents are bound to be present. A community that does not have the needy is like a house without power sockets. By serving the needy we do ourselves an enormous favour. It is a matter of serving the poor and prosper or neglecting them at our peril. It is for this reason people who serve the needy are always prosperous, happy and fulfilled. Truly prosperous people are great givers. They give to the poor not because they are rich but they are richly contented because they give.
God’s most precious gifts come in weird packages. Often times when God is about to release a blessing to you He brings around a needy person, how you respond to a need will determine whether you will be blessed or not. So, as you are out and about today, especially if you feel due for a blessing, watch out for the poor that seem to get in your way…