Proverbs 17:5

“Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;

    he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.”

Proverbs 17:5 ESV

This verse provides an insight into how God involves himself into the affairs of humans. Here, the mocker likely has no thought of God, he’s simply having a laugh at the expense of another. However, God is insulted when this happens. This is similar to Paul’s Damascus Road Experience in which Jesus asked Paul, “Why are you persecuting me?” Paul’s intent was to arrest believers in Damascus. Yet, Jesus understood Paul’s actions as persecuting Jesus.

These references should remind us to be sober in how we think about and act toward others for whom God is concerned, especially those who are suffering. That likely requires a paradigm shift in our thinking; we must remember that people are created in the image of God (Gen. 1: 27).

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