43. Reach out to others

God is giving and explaining His law to Moses in detail at Mount Sinai. And what is interesting to note is that God is in favor of restitution, in other words correcting a wrong and He is also concerned about people's well being. Two things I would like to highlight today are the following:

"Do not oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21

"Do not exploit widows and orphans. If you do and they cry out to Me, then I will surely help them." Exodus 22:22

God cares for everyone and hates it when people are misused for their unfortunate position. Since we live in a global world, where traveling is so easy, we find many foreigners living amongst us. And we need to ask ourselves, how are we treating them? Are we nice to them? Are we exploiting them and misusing their desperate situation for our own gain? Or are we forthcoming and try to help where we can? God wants us to be His hands and feet towards them and help them to see His love in action.

The same goes for widows. Now I know today woman are able to work and to support themselves, it is not dire straits for a widow like it was in Moses' day. But I think it would be nice to reach out to those widows who either can't find a work/ or to those widows who have enough money, but are extremely lonely after their husband's passed away. Try to include them in activities and help them where possible.

God has a special heart for orphans too. As a Father, He knows how devastating it could be for poor orphans. Try and reach out to them too, even if it is only by donating to a foster home/ or by treating the orphans you do know with the respect and dignity they deserve.

God cares for us all and He wants a society where we care for one another too. That is why Jesus said the biggest commandment is to love God with all your heart and all your soul. And the second biggest commandment is to love your neighbor. Let's make a renewed effort to look at those around us with new eyes and to see them as valuable human beings, just like God sees them.

We need to follow Paul's advice:

"Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing." Philippians 2:4

Father, we are so guilty. Please forgive us that we don't look at other people the way that You look at them. Please help us to see them as You see them and to help wherever You have placed it on our hearts. Thank you Lord. Amen

 

2 comments for “43. Reach out to others”

  1. Posted Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:33:08 AM

    even if it is only by donating to a foster home/ or by treating the orphans you do know with the respect and dignity they deserve.

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