GOD’S WORD assures us: “Not always will the poor one be forgotten.” (Psalm 9:18) The Bible also says of our Creator: “You are opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:16) This hope presented in God’s Word is not just a dream. Almighty God can provide what is needed to end poverty. What do the poor need?
An African economist commented that, ideally, poor countries need a “benevolent dictator.” The implication is that to end poverty, it takes someone with power to act and kindness to care. We might add that a ruler who could end poverty for all would have to be a world ruler because extreme poverty is often the result of international inequality. In addition, a ruler who could end poverty would have to be able to do something about the reason for poverty—our selfish human nature. Where can such an ideal ruler be found?
God sent Jesus with good news for the poor. When Jesus stood up to read the commission he received from God, he said: “Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor.”—Luke 4:16-18.