Giving Hope To The Homeless

Giving Hope To The Homeless January 29, 2018

There is hope for the homeless, for the jobless, the hungry, and the hopeless: hope of breaking the poverty cycle. Here’s how to break that cycle.

Loss of Hope

There is hope for the homeless. There is also hope for the jobless, the hungry, the destitute, and the hopeless. There is hope of breaking the poverty cycle. Poverty strips human dignity and hope and does not seem to discriminate. Being hungry, homeless, and helpless is a fertile breeding ground for hopelessness. Many people agonize over the plight of the poor, but their heart is usually bigger than their wallet, so there are limitations to what any one of us can do. We should grieve their estate as God does. I would pray that the things that break the heart of God will break our own hearts. This is not trying to teaching a man to fish so he can feed himself, which is good and proper, but more than anything, it is offering them hope. It’s not a matter of quoting, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat,” (2 Thess 3:1) in every situation, but rather, are they able to work.

Hope Defined

Most people use the word hope in an entirely different context, like “I hope I can win the lottery” or “I hope they win the game.” That is radically different than what the Bible describes as hope. The Greek word for hope (elpizein) in the New Testament reflects a sense of confidence. It is literally, “a confidence and an expectation,” and not a “hope and wish this happens.” One of the two Hebrew words for hope is “kiwah” which means “to trust” and “batah” which refers to being “full of confidence, to trust,” so our hope is not a hope-so, but a know-so.

Hope for the Hungry

One thing that goes unnoticed during Jesus’ ministry is that no one ever went hungry when they were present with Him. The stories of the fish and loaves, the water to wine, the manna and meat from Heaven, are one of many instances when Jesus (God Himself) fed the people. Jesus told Peter to cast his net one more time, even after countless attempts were fruitless. When they brought up the net this time is was a miracle it didn’t tear open under the weight of the catch, not to mention the number of fish they caught. These disciples didn’t feed the hungry from their own effort; neither were those who received the fish and loaves or the wine able to feed the masses. The point is, God is the provider of all things. We simply need to distribute what we’ve been blessed with to those who haven’t been as blessed, for whatever reason they find themselves in. They don’t need a lecture but a meal. We see so many hungry that we feel we can’t do anything about it, so that’s just what many of us do… we do nothing about it.

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Forsaken

The SRS, your friends, and your family may try to help, but many are forsaken when they fall on hard times, either from their own doing, or from things beyond their control, but God always delivers what He promises, and one of His greatest promises is that he will not allow His own children to starve to death, or as David said, “I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25b), so here is a promise from the God of the universe Who has all the resources in the world at His disposal. Try Him at His word. Trust Him to deliver. I’ve worked with the homeless and seen it many, many times. It works! A full stomach does a lot for a person’s disposition. Jesus said that the Living Water in His well would quench thirst forever and would never run dry, that Living Water He. In countless verses, God says “He will not suffer His own to beg bread” and Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). What father do you personally know that would allow his children to go hungry? Jesus asked, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent” (Luke 11:12) so, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13)! Will God, being far greater, not do the same for His own children? You have these same rights of the Father’s benevolence if you have repented and put your trust in Christ.

Hope for the Homeless

Like an eagle shades or covers their offspring, so does God (even more completely) spread His wings and cover us. God as described as an eagle in His providential care is a great analogy for us. God has gone so far as to have allowed His own Son’s fleshed to ripped for us in order to bring us into the eternal kingdom. But this also describes Him as a shelter. Many former homeless people have received miracle after miracle after being born again by the Spirit of God. Many have received houses, cars, jobs, clothing, and food. Christian magazines and articles are flooded with these stories. God has a “Daddy” relationship with us (Rom 8:15), which is a translation of Abba. God knows that we’re fragile and only mere dust (Psalm 103:13-14; Isaiah 63:16), and like any good father, He can provide us with shelter. He is described as a shelter and refuge for humanity (psalm. 7:1, 11:1, 46:1, 2 Sam. 22:3, Isa. 25:4).

Broken Before God

God calls the “weak and base things,” of the earth, and there are “not many mighty,” (1 Cor 1:26), as I myself am a great example of that. God cannot deal with the proud and lofty (James 4:6). Ironically, those saved in jail are set free, while those who are free in the world are actually held captive (2 Cor 4:3-4). Those would don’t know Jesus are really the ones without hope (1 Thess 4:13), and if we lack hope, He can give us hope that abounds. He can and does heal the broken and weak in spirit, but God cannot fix us until we are first broken. Those who are “good to go” are those who are truly hopeless. When you are broken, you are actually nearer to God (Psalm 34:18). God speaks through Isaiah the Prophet, and though this was written to Israel, it can apply to us as well. Jeremiah wrote, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11).

Conclusion

If we ever have contact with people, what great news we have for them. These are the very ones God is calling. The ones that society has pushed to the fringe are the ones that have been pushed closest to God by circumstances. If you trusted in Jesus, you have received God’s inheritance rights. That means, you’ve got a home in heaven that can never be taken away (John 6:37-39, 10:28-29; Rom 8:37-39). You are a rich person and can now live forever with Him. Now, why not share with the hunger, the homeless, and the hopeless? Just because you can’t help them all doesn’t mean you can’t help at least one.  Jesus sees you feeding a hungry person (Matt 25:35-36) as doing it unto Him (Matt 25:40).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Infantile gibberish…mindless child like wish thinking. There has been nothing but unending suffering by the human species since we came down from the trees millions of years ago….Your celestial sky daddy has done nothing but watch. Your cult offers NOTHING but false hope when hard work is what’s required. Grow up jack, you’re too old to remain a delusional child

  • Jack Wellman

    THanks Pud (Matt 5:10-12).

    • Ann Stanley

      praying for pud

      • pud

        Yeah….waste your time on demonic me and forget about the thousands of children who will die today as your “jesus” watches arms folded….hey! what ya gunna do? LOL

        I guess you could just pray your brains out for everything but seeing as “his will be done” and since “he” knows all things….you’re kind of wasting your limited brain cells don’t you think?

        They’re “praying” for rain in S. Africa in the midst of a 100 year drought….Capetown runs completely out of water in less than 80 days….think your celestial dictator is going to make it rain or do those people have to suffer a little bit more?

      • pud

        How many “homeless” do you give shelter to under your christian roof?

      • Jack Wellman

        Yes…she is so lost. Pud is afraid to use their real name, which shows she is not really interested in the truth but just bashing believers.

        • Kyra Lynne

          Do you think they she/he really cares, or are they just harassing?

  • pud

    Hey lunatic nutcase…How many “homeless” reside in your house or your church?

    HYPOCRITE!

  • pud

    Here’s a sanity test for you jack….Watch the whole video and if you emerge as batshit crazy as you are now you’ll know that you’re not sane. On the other hand…if you have a shred of respect for reason there might be hope that you can still rejoin the real world…any of you religious nuts are free to test your sanity too!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CvCyMeAH8I

  • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

    Thank you for this article. We Christians in America ought to be much more considerate and caring for “the homeless, for the jobless, the hungry, and the hopeless”.

    In this article, you refer to the “SRS”. What is that?

    I know that you are against Prosperity Theology, as I am. I am concerned that this article goes too far in what it says or suggests about God’s provision for His children. Yes, God does care and provide for us. However, He does not promise that He will give us everything we think we need, nor that we will never suffer. Consider the hardships of Paul the Apostle, which he recounts in his epistles, e.g. in II Corinthians 11:23-28, and which include hunger and thirst. The good news is:

    Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
    I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
    –Philippians 4:11-14 (ESV)

    I suggest you consider writing another article on this verse of the Scriptures, and others which are related to it:

    He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
    –Luke 1:53 (AV/KJV)

    One other thing: If I am not mistaken, it is possible for the moderator of this blog to block trolls. I suggest the moderator do this.

    • pud

      How many homeless reside in your home?

    • Jack Wellman

      Sadly, the trolls cannot be blocked but what I do is block them so that I cannot see them. Pearls to swine stuff where it’s pointless to comment. And, great suggestions on those other verses.

      • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

        According to the website of Disqus, it is possible to block trolls. See the webpage entitled “User Blocking”, which at present is here: https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/2460515-user-blocking.

        It seems to me that other blogs in the Evangelical section of Patheos very seldom or never have a problem with trolls. I think that the reason for this is that they block trolls.

    • Tiny J

      There is an unusual number of “This user is blocked” today. Weird.

  • Pennies For Dreams

    It is true.. Our hearts are bigger than our wallets..

    I refer to Pud’s questions, how many homeless are under your roof..

    Churches have taken in homeless.. sadly it did not go well.. they were robbed..
    We like to see the best in people..

    • pud

      Better question is why does your “jesus” sit idly by watching all the suffering….could be there is no “jesus” eh? Otherwise he’d be a dick wouldn’t he?

      • Guthrum

        The churches in our community have partnered together to help the hungry, homeless, hopeless, sick, and others who need help. Results have been inspiring.

        • pud

          That’s nice..too bad you can’t do the moral thing as a human being and have to do so under the divine command of your invisible make believe deity

      • Pennies For Dreams

        I can not prove there is a Jesus.. and you can not prove there isn’t..

        If you read the Bible, not as a believer.. but simply for reference..

        you will see that neither God, nor Jesus said they held a magic wand..

        Things in the world are good, bad, and ugly..

        They help us through the trouble on earth.. not make it go away.

        How do you explain miracles.. human emotion.. the spirit within man..

        Atheists say God is just part of wild imagination.. or mans way of controlling the masses..

        Don’t you owe it to yourself to find out if there really is a God?
        After all it is your life..

    • Jack Wellman

      How many homeless are in your home? We have housed 2 homeless man in our annex and one is in our annex now. I wished people spoke less condemning and give people the benefit the doubt when they don’t know us or our church. Sad.

      • Pennies For Dreams

        Dear Jack,
        I apologize for not being more clear in my comment..

        I was not referring to you with the question..

        It was in response to PUD.. who seems to be at aught with Christians..
        I feel what you are doing is wonderful.. and I pray others will join you!

  • Guthrum

    The new church model is built on the twin foundations of Gospel and outreach to those who are in pain, hungry, homeless, hopeless, and suffering. See “Radical Church” and what David Platt is doing.

    • pud

      Can’t just do the right thing can you? Noooo! You have to sell your absurd superstition as a fee for food…This is what makes you and religion so abhorrent

    • Jack Wellman

      David Platt is the real deal..Love this man’s work and you are right. Most are not doing these things (Matt 25:34-39) so doing nothing for HIm (Matt 25:41)

    • Carlos Santiago

      Amen. Love your neighbor, and find an avenue to make love tangible and beneficial in their lives.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    “Many former homeless people have received miracle after miracle after being born again by the Spirit of God. Many have received houses, cars, jobs, clothing, and food.”
    Prosperity gospel, Jack? I would have thought better of you.

    • pud

      He’s every bit as delusional and deranged as you are.

    • Mark

      That’s the way i read it too. Also ignores the small fact that many have not received miracle after miracle after being born again so no houses, cars, jobs, clothing, and food.

      • Jack Wellman

        Some people cannot handle prosperity. An evil generation seeks after signs, so Jesus said.

    • Jack Wellman

      Sad that you think I endorse the prosperity gospel. Do a search on that subject to see what i think about it here at Patheos and you’ll see that what you said is not true. You cannot dispute what God has done in these people’s lives over the last 18 years I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Don’t you have a house and a car? What’s wrong with God blessing them with work and home and car? I am dissapointed in your comment and am blocking your comments so I can’t see them anymore. You are too negative.