“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Though this quote is a Chinese proverb and not a proverb of Solomon, it aligns with what we see in scripture and is part of our purpose here at CBN Israel.
Learning from the scriptures, we read in the book of 2 Chronicles, chapter 1, a beautiful dialogue between Solomon and God that gives us understanding of what He desires the state of our hearts to be regarding wealth and wisdom and what is in turn, His response to the appropriate request. What is his request?
Solomon did not ask for wealth, he asked for wisdom so that He might do what is right in God’s eyes and bring glory to the Lord. God was so well pleased with his request for wisdom, that He gave him more than that. He added to him wealth, riches and honor. When our hearts are in the right place of wanting wisdom and understanding, God can entrust us with more. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.-Prov. 9:10) Yeshua is our perfect example in all things.
How did He handle being always surrounded with the poor and needy, the sick and hurting, the hopeless and destitute? We learn that He fed the hungry and healed the sick. But what we see Him doing the most was teaching people about how to have an abundant life in the kingdom of God. He only did what He saw His Father doing. And even we can see what the Father did. In the book of Exodus, we understand that millions of His people were enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years.
And then God. Steps. In.
He worked signs and wonders that make us gasp in awe. And He sets these millions of people free in a day. They were slaves for hundreds of years! No doubt, the generation that God set free only knew what it meant to be slaves and were living with a slave mentality. But God did not leave His people on the day of their deliverance. He then proceeded to teach them how to live as ones who are free and can in turn, help others to walk in His freedom. That process of transformation in their thinking took many, many years. But doesn’t this encourage us that we don’t have to remain victims of our circumstances? With God, all things are possible and He always gives us hope.
Yeshua said, “The poor you always have with you”. There will never be a lack of people who need our help and assistance. We could easily get discouraged that we keep on giving, and helping and assisting, but it only drains the barrel dry. That is why the staff at CBN Israel not only seek to bless those in need with food vouchers, tangible items that are needed in the home, love, support and prayer. They are also providing wise teachings and counsel on how to overcome the poverty mentality and lifestyle with biblical truth so that many can walk in freedom.
In the month of September, several of the staff members at CBN Israel were invited to speak at the Baptist Village in order to present an opportunity for the members of the English speaking and Hispanic congregations to get the help they need. The staff explained the work that they do in giving private sessions with individual families and single mothers who are in need of financial assistance and offered for those present to contact CBN Israel for appointments. Their goal is to teach as many as possible how to manage and be faithful with the little that they do have in order to work their way towards financial freedom. The message was a door of hope and an opportunity for transformation.
Helping those in need is an ongoing ministry. We can’t do it alone. Just as those around us need our help, so we need yours. Your prayers and financial support equip us to carry on the work Yeshua has called us to do in Israel. In turn, we would like to pray for you. If you or someone you know would like to receive prayer in the area of finances, you can submit your prayer request.
God bless you as you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.