Daily bible reading: 16 November

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. 

Something to read

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:3

Something to think about

Hannah prays, with much to give thanks for. However, she knows that her position is thanks to the grace of God.

It’s easy to forget that much of our wellbeing has come by the fact that we live in one of the wealthiest parts of the world. According to a recent survey, you are almost certainly in the top 10% of the world’s wealthiest people; if you own a house, included in a combined wealth of over £500,000, then you are in the top 1%.

You and I cannot look on people living in poverty from a position of superiority, as if it is merely our own endeavours that place us where we are. Am I worthy to receive all I have? Who are you to judge who is deserving to receive?

We believe everyone is equal in the sight of God. That gives us a firm commitment to stand together with our vulnerable neighbours, so everyone can have fullness of life.

Something to do

John Wesley preached against extravagance in food, dress, or lifestyle when the folk of his day said: ‘But I can afford it.’

Use your shopping power to make a difference for others. Buy Fairtrade goods so that people around the world can live with dignity.

Pray for fair trade

Something to pray

Father, forgive me for my pride and my presumption that I am owed what I have as a right. Help me to share with my neighbours, and let them uphold their dignity through my support for their endeavours.

Today's contributor is the Rev Stuart Davison is regional minister and team leader for the South Eastern Baptist Association.