He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
What is it about us humans that we sometimes laugh or take perverse pleasure in others’ difficulties? Does it make us feel better about ourselves in comparison? Do we assume they deserved it?
God wants us to remember that He is the Maker of us all. Every poor person, every person going through a calamity, is just as much a potential child of God as we are. We must not mock or be glad, but instead we should seek to help. We must recognize that circumstances can quickly change, and we may face poverty or calamity ourselves. And sometimes that may be God’s punishment—poetic justice.
For more about the destiny God will offer every human being, see “Children of God.”