Once, a very wealthy gentleman decided to do a good deed by giving a thousand gold rubles to the poor. However, he didn’t know how to distribute the sum among the villagers justly. But when he saw the priest in the village, he felt relieved.
“Father, I have a large sum of money,” he said. “And I’m not sure how to distribute it justly. Can you suggest someone who is worthy of receiving all these rubles?”
The priest thought for a moment and then answered, “The Lord surely knows how to manage your charity. Give it to the first poor person you meet at your door.”
So, in the same village, there was a very poor man, sick and with many children and misfortunes. Despite all this, he never lost his trust in God’s providence. On a day of great need, while he was reading the Psalms, his eyes fell upon these words: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
“These words are true,” he thought, as he was puzzled about where he could find a good person to share his problems with. He decided to visit the priest and ask him what these words meant.
When he arrived at the priest’s house, the gentleman was already there, ready to hand over a thousand pieces of gold. The poor man, who was the first to knock on the door, was indeed the righteous person deserving of the wealth. This verse from the Bible turned out to be a perfect message for his situation.