5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.
This verse tells us the consequences of putting down others. Whichever direction you look at, there will be people who are either better than you or worse off than you. How do you relate to them?
Those who have low self-esteem will try their best to avoid people whom they perceive to be more successful than they are. However, when they are with people whom they perceive to be inferior to them, they will resort to insults and boasts of their relative success. Why would they do that? In the mind of those with low self-esteem, putting down others make them feel superior.
However, God considers such acts to be despicable and sees it as a personal insult to him. He will not hesitate to take actions on those who insult the poor and rejoice in the misfortune of others.
The message here is, we better be careful when we do certain things, which God considers it as a personal insult.
However, you will not have this problem if you have been spending time with God in prayers, reading the Bible and listening to faith messages. The more we spend time with God, we are taking more of his nature. Our self-esteem will grow to match our real identity. As Christians, we are born again into a new species. We belong to the species of God. We are gods.
As gods, we do not resort to insulting the poor nor in rejoicing in the misfortune of others. Our desire is to help them. When we see poor people suffering from starvation, we send them food. We give them the infrastructures, education and the means of helping them to get out of poverty. This is one of the reasons why we constantly ask our Father for abundant prosperity to come into our lives. We love to enjoy life and help others to do the same.
Therefore, our response to the poor and those who suffer misfortune is to ask our God for more wealth. No matter how rich you are right now, you need more if you have compassion for the poor and those who suffer misfortune. So if you are wandering whether you should ask God for more money, ask yourself this question, “Do I have compassion for the poor and those who suffer misfortune?”.