Daily Spirit & Word, 594:
“IF” You Help The Thirsty & Afflicted ???
Will you? Will You? Will YOU HELP?
Have you seen the NEWS lately? We’ve all been shocked and moved by the plight of those poor people. Thousands of people pouring over the borders of many countries, they’ve been kept bottled up in Turkey for a few years now and quite understandable, they’ve had enough. Their country Syria has become a dangerous, desolate wasteland. Many countless thousands were given tents and water and the very basics, but they’d had much more than that and they expect much more than that for their children and grandchildren. If their homeland can’t be fixed, then what else can they do, but risk everything to make a perilous journey and head for the place where dreams come true: Europe; Germany, England, France and the forlorn hope of ever being able to get to the Golden Land: America. Places of peace, social security and probably most importantly PROSPERITY. All that they want is the freedom to work and build a secure, safe future for their families.
Some politicians have declared;
“It’s like an EXODUS of Biblical proportions”.
It is and the plight is equally deadly.
The RESPONSE of those on the RECEIVING end of THE EXODUS:
We’re divided in our response; some want to help them closer to their homeland, in the forlorn hope that they’ll be able to return to Syria or their country of origin one day. (The thinking behind that is; keep them away from us and perhaps the problem will go away).
Some want to help them now, wherever they can be found, welcome them with open arms and give them assistance to become what they’re dreaming about.
However, there are countless other responses in-between; But the critical thing for Christians, followers of Jesus, is to ask this question: “What did Jesus do?” It is NOT “what would Jesus do?” because that is ambiguous and uncertain and we can be quite adept at making things up, but it is very definitely, “What DID Jesus do?”
He reached out His hand and said “I AM WILLING”…. “BE; clean, healed, delivered, set-free,”
My friends, that’s what Jesus did: Now I feel the LORD has given us ALL a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to be like Jesus.
Where do you sit in the current crisis?
I think we all know what Jesus would do: He’d reach out his hand and welcome them ALL with open arms. How do we KNOW that’s what Jesus would do? Because that’s what Jesus did whilst He was upon the earth. He went out of His way (Heaven) to come and help those that everybody else rejected. He lifted the dignity of the poor, the weak, the lame, the feeble, the sinful and the powerful. He gave them HOPE in a desert place. He gave them purpose when they didn’t have a reason to live. He gave them the ability to see above the dirt and the squalor of life here on this earth. My friends, that’s what Jesus has done for you too. How could we withhold that from anyone else?
Here’s what God wants YOU and ME to do today:
Isaiah 58:10 (NIV) “and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
What a challenge: “If you spend yourself” i.e. get tired, exhausted, broken and beaten: On behalf of the hungry, afflicted and oppressed.
- Watch what will happen to you if you do that: “Your light will rise” It’s what Jesus was teaching us about “letting our light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven”… WOWzer!
- Watch what else will happen in your life, if you spend yourself on the hungry and afflicted and oppressed: “Your DARKNESS will become like noonday” I.E. all that troubles you, the darkness that surrounds your life, will vanish like a morning mist on a summer’s day.
The Lord’s NOT finished yet though:
Look at His promises in the next verse:
Isaiah 58:11 (NIV) “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
My friends, those of you filled with God’s Holy Spirit, Born of the Spirit, listen to His CALL to you today: “If you spend yourself on behalf of those in desperate need…” There is an “IF”, because the LORD has given us the freedom to respond. However how can we do anything else? We need to be STRONG my friends and PREPARED to COME TO THE AID of EVERYONE who needs our assistance.
I’m feeling challenged today: Because the LORD is saying to me: “Donald, what are you doing for the oppressed, the hungry and the afflicted?” “Donald, what’s your heart-attitude like towards those who NEED your help?”
And I KNOW: The LORD Himself will guide, strengthen, provide and supply ALL that I need to enable ‘me’ to help. All He’s looking for is a HEART THAT WILL SAY: “With me Lord, there is no ‘IF’ or ‘BUT’, I’m going to make the most of this golden opportunity to SHINE LIKE THE NOONDAY and see your hand of guidance and support Lord. Amen!”
I’m praying the Lord will enable you all to respond to His call to shine by responding to the call of those in desperate need today. Amen.
P.S. What will happen to us if we TURN AWAY from what we KNOW the LORD is calling us to do?
Jeremiah 17:5-6 (NIV)
5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no-one lives.