Helping The Poor
Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV
“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”
When you look at the verse above and take it literally, you will wonder why you’d be so foolish as to throw bread upon the waters. It is a pointless act, unless you meant to get rid of the bread altogether.
The math is simple: throw bread upon the water, and you definitely won’t find it again. You definitely won’t get it back after a few minutes, much less many days.
So why the verse, then? Ecclesiastes always has a deeper meaning, it pays to find out what.
Read this next verse as a reference:
Proverbs 19:17 KJV
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord ; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
Taking into account that bread mix with water equals, well, nothing worth holding on to, let’s talk “charity” aka “helping the poor”.
To certain people, helping the poor is not for them. Reasons being,
“Why help people who can’t help you back? Why give to them when they can’t give back? I’m not going to give anything to them. They won’t be able to pay me back. It’s pointless. Like throwing bread unto water. I won’t see it again.”
To these people, they won’t see “the bread” again.
But as with all things to do with God’s Holy Word, He upholds His promises. His Commands are His Will, and His Will is His Word. His Word is Him. He is above the natural laws because, well, He’s God.
So when He says that we are to cast our bread into the water, then we should. Believe it, we will find it again. God will make sure of it.
When we notice the poor, it is so we should help them. We are The Lord’s people who are tasked with the giving of charity.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 KJV
“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:  But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.”
When we help the poor, certainly the poor cannot pay us back. But God can and will. He will open doors and opportunities for us to receive more. The more we give to help, the more He gives back. It is a blessed cycle. Everyone involes are blessed in one way or another. God works in all.
Let’s help, shall we? Not for rewards, but for charity.