August 25 – Do I Have To?

Proverbs 24: 10 – 12 (The Message)

10 If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
    there wasn’t much to you in the first place.
11-12 Rescue the perishing;
    don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
    will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
    Someone not impressed with weak excuses.

I’m not sure I like verse 10. I have a lot of sympathy for someone who falls apart when a crisis suddenly shows up. I am so aware we are human and not perfect. I’ve faced enough crises in my life to know what it feels like to have the bottom drop out. But I guess that verse could mean that if we fall to pieces. and don’t recover fairly well, then we don’t have a secure foundation in life. And that I understand. I may feel like a bomb just went off, but when I stop and get my breath, do I understand that God is in control and is with me? That is where that secure foundation in life that Solomon frequently talks about comes from. It’s not that we personally are really strong people; it’s God’s presence in our lives that makes the difference.

But then the next two verses almost seem to contradict the first one in this section. At first, it says you are pathetic if you fall to pieces in a crisis; then is says we have an obligation to rescue those falling apart people. When you stop and think about it, who is going to rescue ‘drowning’ people if it’s not us? They need to know that we are there to support them, and the reason we can do that is because God is supporting us. Who else can tell them about a Heavenly Father if it’s not us?

So look around you. Are there people you are ignoring? I know we can’t solve all the problems of the world, and you aren’t required to take all those problems on yourself. But take a peek. Is there someone on your street who could use your help? Is there someone who would really appreciate a phone call or a small gift left at their door? Is there a volunteer place at your church that you could fill? Could you donate to a cause in Windsor that strikes your heart? Could you support a child through Compassion International or World Vision? Who comes to your mind when you read, “rescue the perishing’ today?

Before you say you already have enough on your plate, think about this:

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Our song for today is Life Song by Casting Crowns

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