I didn’t count, but I read that there are over 2,000 references to the poor in the Bible. That speaks volumes—literally.How close it must be to God’s heart if the Creator of the Universe encourages and instructs us so many times to care for the poor, the orphan, the widow and the afflicted.Once I dived into making this list of verses about helping the poor, it was hard to stop at 20! I was struck anew today by the strong action verbs in these verses. Whether it’s God or us taking up the cause of the downtrodden, look how many times you see words like “rescue,” “defend,” and “speak up.”There are so many powerfully simple verses that beg a response from us.God doesn’t just say “remember the poor,” or “pray for the poor,” though both of those things are good and important. He calls us, His hands and feet in a hurting world, to actually DO SOMETHING. And, not that we should ever give to get, but God promises to reward us when we do—how kind of our Father.So, let’s take these verses to heart and act on behalf of the poor and the needy!