Monday, August 31st, 2015
Deliverance (Part 22)
Of The Poor
Thus says the Lord, 'Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place... But if you will not obey these Words, I swear by Myself,' declares the Lord, 'that this house will become a desolation.'
Jeremiah 22:3,5 (NASB)
For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.
Psalm 72:12 (NKJV)
Consider our world's poor and helpless people. If we deliver them, God delivers us. Our world means those within our realm of contact. In other Words, 'Love your neighbor as yourself' (Mark 12:31). It's Rule #2 in our King's new Orders.*
When I hear of sixty million homeless war refugees today, I'm overwhelmed. But when my family was moved to sponsor an orphan from the Ukraine, I helped. Does one act make a dent in this massive scale of suffering? I believe it does.
What if every Christian blessed with freedom and provision helped one helpless person? Is it possible all could be covered? I believe it is.
What if we ignore a need God puts close to us, maybe even at our own gates? Could our indifference not spell his doom, but instead, our own?** I believe it could.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You bring God's special delivery, because media has robbed its fans. It's robbed earth's children of innocence. It's robbed them by false advertising. It's robbed them by harmful examples.
By your entrance into this mission field, help can be heightened like fishes and loaves.
But if we overlook helpless people, Jesus makes our final position clear: 'Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me' (Matthew 25:45). Read for yourself the destiny for indifference. It isn't delivery.***
To Be Continued...
* 'Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great Commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets' (Matthew 22:37-40).
** The Rich Man and Lazarus: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16:19-31
*** The Sheep and the Goats: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A31-46&version=NIV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.