Sunday, November 22, 2009
Consider the Helpless...
There are spiritual principles in the Bible that we very often skim over. I'm not talking about the Ten Commandments, or Jewish law, I'm talking about the "if/then" places where the Lord makes a promise. Sometimes the promise is negative, as in Jeremiah - "If you do not listen to Me...then I will kindle a fire in it's gates and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem and not be quenched." (Jer 17:27) He did it, too! But a lot of them are positive promises... "IF my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, [THEN] I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14 - notice it's not just "pray" which is what you usually hear... it's also "seek My face and turn from their wicked ways"... a bit more complicated!)
Many of God's promises actually pertain to how you treat the helpless, the poor, the widow, and the orphan. Did you know that?
How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord WILL deliver him in a day of trouble.
The Lord WILL protect him and keep him alive,
And he SHALL be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The Lord WILL sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.
WHEN you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you SHALL NOT go back to get it;
it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, IN ORDER THAT the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
And He WILL REWARD HIM for what he has done.
Jesus said the poor will always be with us. That means we will always have the opportunity to show His love, and the love of the Father, to the fatherless, the hopeless, and the despairing. God knows your circumstances. He will show you what he wants you to do for those He puts on your heart. All you have to do is listen and obey... don't get ahead of Him, and don't fall behind.
Thank you all for your prayers!
If I am going to know who Jesus is, I must obey Him. Most of us don't know who Jesus is because we have not the remotest intention of obeying Him.