When You Are Homeless, Alone & Hungry
Here are some encouraging Bible verses for the homeless and hungry.
Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”
Remember the account of the rich man and Lazarus? The rich man must have walked past Lazarus day after day and saw this poor beggar man but did nothing to help him. After death it seems the positions of both are switched. The poor man is now in Paradise or in the “bosom of Abraham” but the rich man is in torment and in thirst amidst the flames of fire. He remembers his life and now wants to warn his family but it is far too late because he oppressed the poor so long that he insulted his Maker and after his death, came his judgment (Heb 9:27).
Deuteronomy 15:11 “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
The Old Testament laws are so much superior than the welfare system we have today because the law told those that lived in the land that they must “open wide your hand to your brother” but also “to the needy and the poor, in your land.” This law never limits the giving to only our neighbors and brothers but to everyone who is in need.
Proverbs 10:3 “The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.”
This is one of the most precious promises of the Word of God. He declares that the righteous will not go hungry,” but we don’t know when this hunger is satisfied. Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt 5:6) but those blessings may not come in this life but in the life to come.
Psalm 34:-9-10 “Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”
Twice we hear about the fear of God which isn’t a fear of being struck down immediately if you do the wrong thing; rather it’s a deep, abiding, holiness and reverence for God’s Word and for His name. Even if His creatures suffer want, “those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” I have heard some very amazing accounts where someone went from homelessness and hunger to helping the homeless with their hunger.
Psalm 23:1 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
The Lord will reward each of those who have trusted in Christ and the psalmist knew that for him, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). At the time that this was written, if you were a guest, the host would keep filling your cup so a cup that overflows means, you are there forever. You will have no want or need if Christ is your Shepherd, even if that need does not completely come until the kingdom arrives.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
This powerful chapter four of Philippians has Paul encouraging the church by writing “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” (Phil 2:12-13) but he had to learn how to be content in such circumstances (Phil 2:11).
Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
In Matthew chapter 25 we read of a very powerful statement about what the Body of Christ, the church, should be doing. When we visit those who are sick, those in prison, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, Jesus says “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40) so don’t think of it only as doing for others but in doing for others we are doing it for Christ.
Matthew 8:20 “And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
When people say that Jesus was homeless, we can point to this Bible verse, but this may not be saying that He is homeless but that He has no place to really call home because His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Neither is this world our home as we’re strangers or pilgrims waiting for a better home, which is coming.
Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”
Ezekiel the Prophet nails the cause of Sodom’s destruction. They did not help the poor and needy nor feed the hungry, even though they had “excess of food and prosperous ease.” When we withhold from those in need, God cannot withhold His righteous indignation for His ears are open to their cries and attentive to their pain (Psalm 34:15; 1 Pet 3:12).
Psalm 10:17 “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.”
If you have ever been homeless and hungry, you know what it’s like to suffer want, but the Bible says that if you call out to Him, He “will incline [His] ear” toward you and “hear the desire of” your afflicted heart. Sometimes God allows us to suffer the consequences of our actions but other times we’re innocent victims of circumstances and simply suffer because we live in a fallen, sinful world.