I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
I usually read this as an encouragement to pursue righteousness because then I won’t be forsaken or have to beg for bread. I don’t want to be forsaken by anybody, especially God.
But Jesus, the most righteous person who ever lived, was explicitly forsaken by God. That is straight up contradictory. Why?
God lends generously. In fact, He is so generous that He gave His only Son, a son who became a blessing to those beggars who faced an insurmountable debt (namely us). We were begging for sustenance, and He gave us everlasting bread, the broken body of His Son, that satisfies all hunger. We are also invited to become the children of the Righteous One.
Is the same expected of us? Sure the righteous are not forsaken (our righteousness is because of Christ), but we are to lend generously – perhaps even our lives – so that other children may come to know the Righteous One; we are to become a blessing.