Our Bible verse for today: “He also said to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner; don’t invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Those in need often bring out the best in others”
I travel a lot and often it’s with my wife, using her walker or wheelchair, and sometimes it is with my daughter, using her walker or wheelchair, and sometimes, on rare occasions, it’s with both of them at the same time.
Traveling with a disabled person can be tough. However, I’ve found that people are very nice and very considerate when they see a situation like that. They will rush to hold the door for you, they will offer to handle your luggage, they will smile and ask if there is anything they can do to help.
The fact is that seeing someone in need, whether it is a disabled person in an airport, a family stranded on the side of the road, a lost child crying for her mother, a community devastated by a flood or tornado, or anyone else in a difficult or distressing situation, often brings out the best in people. Situations like that elicit acts of kindness, compassion, and mercy from people who otherwise might not be naturally disposed to be kind, compassionate, or merciful.
In Matthew 26:11 Jesus told us that “You will always have the poor with you …” That’s just a statement of fact. And in Luke 14:12-14 He told us to do something about it. We live in a broken and bleeding world filled with lots of people in all sorts of distressing situations. It’s not God’s fault. Sin and the devil are responsible for the evil and the suffering in the world. But the Bible teaches us that those situations are opportunities for us to show mercy and compassion. The awareness of someone else in need will often bring out the good in other people.
It is of course sad that someone is physically or mentally disabled, or that their car is broken down on the side of the road, or that their home burned in a fire, but in the middle of the pain and the sorrow and the struggle, God can and will redeem those situations by using them to bring out acts of mercy, compassion, and kindness. That doesn’t make a bad situation good, but it does add value to it that wasn’t there before. Your pain brought out something good in someone else. God has used a bad thing for a good purpose. We will think more about this tomorrow.