Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Helping the Helpless

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing.  Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, see that they get justice.    Proverbs 31:8,9 NLT
            Where in the Bible does it say, “The Lord helps those who help themselves?”  You won’t find that statement in “The Beatitudes.”  In fact, you won’t find it anywhere in the Scriptures.  What is the source of this commonly held proverb?  You’ll find it in Ben Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, 1757.  I doubt that Ole Ben was inspired by God to make that statement. 
            The teaching of Scripture is totally opposite of Mr. Franklin’s teaching.  The overall theme of the Beatitudes is to provide “help to the helpless.”  (Matthew 5:2-12)
            Another good example of helping the helpless is found in Proverbs 31:1-9.  In this passage the Queen mother of King Lemuel advises her son to give justice to those who are oppressed.  She urges him to rule with compassion and mercy to help the helpless. 
            The Psalmist Asaph’s instruction is: “Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and destitute.  Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.”  (Psalm 82:3-4 NLT)
            When a disastrous tornado struck Joplin, Missouri thousands of volunteers from all walks of life not only responded by giving money, food, and supplies, but also gave  their time and energy to go down and lend a helping hand in the cleanup. 
            Jesus had a warm place in his heart for the poor and needy.  He never turned anyone away who came to him for help.  The Scriptural record shows that he feed the hungry, healed the blind, lame, and helpless. 
            We say all this to point out that acts of service are a form of worship.  Worship is not just sitting in a church building singing and praying.  Worship is a mindset  It is a way of life.  Worship is having a heart for God and involving ourselves in spreading his message of love and forgiveness to a lost and dying world. 
            What are you doing to help the helpless?

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