Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 10, 2017
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Psalm 68:5
God helps those who can’t help themselves. He is a defender of the poor and needy, for the disadvantaged are on His heart. Jesus came for those who recognized their need for God and appropriated His forgiveness and grace. Those who are poor in spirit are candidates for Christ’s true riches. It is only when you recognize your spiritual bankruptcy outside of a Savior, that you can receive the right kind of help. But the Holy Spirit hovers over the whole earth looking for those who need and desire Him. Every day, millions of people go to bed hungry and die from diseases. Thousands of people each year are being murdered for their faith and their race. Their need is for preemptive measures of food, medicine, justice, and Jesus.
There is also the need to minister to those who have been ravished by raw racism and poverty. They are waiting for someone to care. A little bit of healthcare, a little bit of money, and a little bit of time can provide for the poor in ways most of us take for granted. A few hundred dollars can build an indoor bathroom and kitchen in the slums. It can be seed money to start a microenterprise. A wooden cart can be purchased to transport fruits and vegetables to market. God’s heart is to help the helpless. Therefore, pray for the poor and ask God to send you someone who could use your help. Grace is drawn to the needy. Love edifies and kindness cares. Faith flushes out fear, and humility hunts down the hurting and hangs out with them. Compassion shows up with resources that resonate where people live, so help the helpless in the name of Jesus.
Or you may find yourself on the helpless half of the equation. We are all helpless to some extent. You may feel helpless in your current situation at work, with a family member, or in your physical condition. Your helpless position is poised for God’s helpful position. Engage your heavenly Father in your helpless circumstance. Lean on His love and request His wisdom. You cannot make it alone. There was a day when you may have thought you could make it without the help of God or other people. But rejection of help is not how God works.
Refusing help is refusing God’s provision. Indeed, you receive the help of heaven so you can help others get to heaven. Help is a gift that keeps on giving. Because someone believed in you and helped you, you desire to do the same for another. So gain fresh perspective by looking to heaven for help. Plead with Him to provide in ways you haven’t thought of, but then ask others to help. When others are engaged in eternity’s agenda they are happy and content. Blessed are those who become helpers in the purposes of God. Be a giver and a receiver of help. Above all else, be helpful by giving help to the helpless. Help those who can’t help themselves.
The Bible says beautifully, “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
PrayerHeavenly Father, lead me to the helpless so I can help them in Your name.
ApplicationHow do I need to humble myself and ask for help?
Related ReadingExodus 22:22; Psalm 10:14; John 14:18; James 1:27 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
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