Connie Lewis Leonard
|Posted on September 8, 2021 at 2:25 PM|
“For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper. He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save. He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight;” Psalm 72:12-14 New American Standard Bible
Cancer is rampant. Deadly new viruses break out, threatening an epidemic. Homeless people beg on the streets and sleep under bridges in our great country of wealth. Children live in poverty without their basic needs being met. Horrible acts of violence dominate the news. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. People cry in isolation, wring their hands, hide in their homes, and wonder what can be done.
As Christians, we are to call out to God and depend on Him for help in all situations. We are also to help the poor and needy, the widows and orphans, the homeless and loveless in their time of affliction (James 1:27). This exhortation applies on a personal level first, then on a community, national, and global level. I would fight to the death to protect my family and loved ones, which is natural. But Christ’s Spirit within us gives us supernatural love. He tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our neighbors are those around us who are hurting, those who have been robbed by the world and beaten up by Satan, those who don’t know the peace and love of the Lord, those who haven’t discovered the abundant life of serving Christ.
War is terrible—lives lost, families torn apart, property destroyed, land defaced, and the aftershocks, even for the winners, reverberate for years to come. Studying history, I’ve often thought most conflicts, personal and global, could be resolved peacefully if both parties practiced patience and dependence on God. The problem is that most people don’t practice patience or dependence on God. Somebody always wants to bully or lord it over someone else. Somebody always wants to take what doesn’t belong to them. Somebody always wants to elevate themselves over others, to become more powerful.
Are you depending on God for everything you need? “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33 NLT).
Do you hear the needy crying out for help? Ask God to show you how He wants you to help.
Ask God to help you stand up for the rights of the oppressed and afflicted.