Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 25, 2012
“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 the heart of Deity. 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 is hovering back and forth over the whole earth. He is 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 health care, 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 micro enterprise.
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 give 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—in Jesus’ name—with resources that resonate where people live.
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 your physical condition. Your helpless position is 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. Helpless does not mean hopeless.
Your pride may refuse help, but your humility sees help as 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. Therefore, with a grateful heart, first look to heaven for help.
“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).
Who is the Lord leading me to help, who find themselves in a helpless situation?
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