Deadly Wars
by Katherine Kehler Share page


“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor him” (Proverbs 14:31).

One day I was sitting on a lounge chair on our deck, enjoying a warm sunny afternoon. The water was running into the pond, the orange rhododendrons were in full bloom, and the birds were singing. My heart was full of thanksgiving and praise. Looking up, I thanked the Lord for the beauty and the peace and quiet.

And then I opened the latest edition of Time magazine and began reading the feature article, “The Deadliest War in the World.” The article reported that in the Congo four million people have been killed since 1998. It has been a land full of devastation, death, homelessness, refugees, pain, grief, malnutrition, sickness, and hopelessness — all the results of a war. What a contrast to my peaceful world.

As I sat there, I felt overwhelmed by the needs I had read about. What can I, one person, do to help, Lord? He told me to give and to encourage others to give.

Why should we give? Proverbs 14:31 tells us that if we don’t help the poor, we “insult their Maker.” God wants us to give.

I will donate money. And I urge you to do the same. I encourage you to give to a church or organization that is helping the poor.

Lord Jesus, You have blessed us. Help us to bless others by praying for them and giving generously. Amen.


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