At the Right Hand of the Poor

            I suspect that whenever there has been an extended time of recession or economic depression, people adapt and learn new ways to survive with less money. I also suspect that during such times, people rethink their dependencies and turn to God. A wise saying proclaims, “We don’t learn that God is all we need until God is all we have.”

           Could it be possible that God is using our financial struggles to get our attention? Maybe we were running so fast after money, being so greedy of gain, and being so addicted to the better-latest-upgraded that we were forgetting our Source of supply. When God allows all of that to be taken or jeopardized and we consider ourselves poor, we can then look around and see Him. Why? Psalm 109:31 says, “For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him” (NKJ).

          No, we are not going to be released from the debts we’ve incurred just because we decide to notice God’s right beside us. But God will, like with every other tough problem, guide us through. And maybe, just maybe, when we come out on the other side of the storm, we won’t so easily forget the One who is always right beside us, whether we’re poor or not.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on October 19, 2011.

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