14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people and the princes thereof; for ye have eaten up the vineyard and the spoil of the poor in your houses.
15 What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
I can imagine our Heavenly Father, who loves all of His children, asking us that challenging question: “What mean ye? What are you trying to say to me through your actions? You are in a position to meet your own needs and the needs of your family. You know that there are people who are struggling. When you fail to help them, do you mean to say that their needs aren’t important to you?”
We sometimes talk about tithing as “the Lord’s money,” and explain that it is easy to pay because it doesn’t really belong to us in the first place. Perhaps we should also recognize that a portion of our income belongs to the poor. Isn’t that what the Lord means when he says that we have “eaten up…the spoil of the poor in [our] houses?” Do I spend money on frivolous things, or at least on things that would seem frivolous if I were more aware of the needs of those around me?
Today, I will think and pray about the opportunities I have to bless the lives of those who are in need, and I will act upon the inspiration I receive.