The Lord does not overlook what His people do to help others. When we work to help the poor acquire basic necessities and even to prepare and train them to eventually escape material poverty, we are doing what God finds pleasing. Caring appropriately for the poor takes wisdom. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, for there are many reasons why people might be impoverished. Let us seek to aid the poor wisely, both in their material and spiritual poverty.
As today’s passage indicates, the Bible does not frown upon the gathering of wealth, but only improper means of gaining it. In fact, Proverbs 13:11 indicates that the honest gaining of wealth is something to which we should aspire. What Scripture forbids is the love of money and dishonest means of earning it. Let us ask God to help us not fall prey to such love, to unethical ways of earning a living, or to get-rich-quick schemes.