“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?” (Isaiah 10:1-3)
God pronounced judgment on those who used legal processes to oppress the widows, the fatherless, and the poor. A day of reckoning is ahead for those guilty of such treatment. This can apply to governments and individuals; God wants us to be mindful of those who are weak and unable to care for themselves without help. Thus, Christ taught us both by word of mouth and also by His own actions, to help those in any kind of need. Today, we are experiencing low levels of food products at the food banks across the nation and even the world. There are many who volunteer their time and even their monies towards the food banks and even groups that feed the people in need. The last question asked is: “Where will you leave your riches?” Well, I pray some will be given to your family, but my prayer is that you will give also to churches,, food bank, clothing groups that specialize in the poor and homeless.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, give us hearts to help those around us that have needs that we might give money to; homeless shelters, food banks, clothing outlets specializing in homeless families in desperate needs. In the Christmas Season, give us direction to help organizations year round, with money to help, with our participation, and especially with Christ’s love towards all people. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The rubber of faith meets the road of reality under hardship.”
“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, ‘Bring us some drinks!’ The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness: ‘The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.” (Amos 4:1-2)
Beloved God is displeased with the oppression of the poor and needy. The elite women were guilty of such mistreatment. God showed the end result of such an irresponsible and foolish life-style. They needed to repent and turn to God, but they would not do so. God expects both men and women to center life on helping others rather than fulfilling selfish desires’
When alcohol, rather than service to the needy, is the uniting factor of family life, the world is in deep , deep trouble. God has no one higher than Himself by whom to swear an oath, emphasizing the certainty that His word will become historical reality. Thus He swears by His own holy nature. Note, that when God makes a promise, He always keeps it!
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Then he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Matthew 9:35-38)
Jesus’ balanced ministry included preaching,, teaching, healing , and expressing the compassionate love for the multitudes that motivated Him. He wants us, His disciples, to share His love for the needy multitudes. This may be in activities of your church or it may be in working in ministries that feed, house, and clothe the homeless, or a myriad of other ways. As in all things, we go to our Lord in prayer, seeking His guidance of where and what He wants us to be involved. In this way, we also have the opportunity to take family members, and allow them to see how their parents are serving the community as Jesus would. Beloved, it is all accomplished with a servants heart to serve as our Lord and Savior did.
Jesus looked with compassion upon the crowds of people following Him. They were spiritually destitute and worn out, like neglected sheep who have lost their shepherd. Jesus calls us to compassion, not condemnation, for the oppressed.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“As he taught, Jesus said, ‘Watch out for the teachers of he law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.” (Mark 12:38-40)
Jesus had strong words for His enemies. He warned the religious legalists they faced eternal punishment. Why? Because they wanted the chief places in the synagogue and places of honor at social evens. These legalists lacked the compassion to reach out to the oppressed. Rather, they misused their leadership to take advantage of defenseless people such as widows. These religious leaders prayed long prayers an appeared religious, but they had other things on their minds, as it was for show. Status seekers make poor teachers of divine revelation! Prayer is a conversation with God, not a display of piety before people.