Meditation for 07/29/2019
“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:14)
Motivated by unselfish love, the people of God will not do anything to harm a handicapped person. For example, we will not ridicule deaf persons who cannot hear and, therefore, cannot defend themselves. Now will we put any kind of hindrance in the way of a blind person.
We will not take advantage of any handicapped person. We remember that God sees and hears. He punishes those who mistreat the handicapped. As Christians, we must be diligent to care for those in our communities, who are handicapped, for the “world” does not always share Christian values with us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You see and hear all that goes on, and You are aware of those who bend laws in their favor, so as to “seem” to be compliant towards the handicapped, but are secretly against hiring or helping those with handicaps. Help us to speak up for those who are being mistreated in front of our very eyes. Let us be the eyes and hears of the disable, who are unable to see or speak up for themselves. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Community should be spelled, ‘Come In Unity.’”
“Cursed is the man who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall day, ‘Amen.’” (Deuteronomy27:18)
We are to treat those with handicaps with the same respect as anyone else. They simply have different challenges than others. I used to work for a state agency, which was in close proximity to another agency that dealt with people who were blind and or deaf. We happened to be a large complex and so people were regularly sent over to our offices, to learn how to maneuver through our offices and buildings. Sometimes we would be stopped by someone who was lost and needed not be taken to offices where they were going; rather, they needed a reference to where they were, so they could find the office on their own. It was always a pleasure to help them, but not too much, for they had to learn how do these tasks we find so easy, that they struggle with. Beloved, they are not lesser human beings, they simply have different challenges than we have to deal with. Be compassionate and caring, but never overbearing.
Discipleship, Handicapped: (Luke 14:13)
Jesus told His Pharisee host he should have a banquet for handicapped persons rather than for relatives and rich friends. Then he would receive God’s blessings. The handicapped should participate fully in our programs and fellowship. God welcomes the handicapped with their special gifts into His kingdom. We should do no less.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing,. And they praised the God of Israel.” (Matthew 15:30-31)
Jesus did not turn away the handicapped, but blessed them according to their needs. Our compassion as disciples should cause us to minister to the needs of the disabled or handicapped people.
Churches, wherever possible, should have special programs and make special provision for handicapped people. These people are not lesser than anyone else, they just have different challenges than most of us. Our work with the handicapped should bring us to praise God.