“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. As an example, we will not ridicule deaf persons who cannot hear and, therefore, cannot defend themselves. Nor 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.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, let us speak for those who cannot speak or hear, let us be the one to stand up to those who would mistreat handicapped persons in any way, and let us be the caretaker of our fellow human beings. To those who are handicapped, let them understand that we do whatever we can to help them, and not take away their freedom to mange on their own, but when people are malicious towards handicapped, guide our mind, our mouths, and our actions in the defense of those who are being mistreated. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”
“Cursed is the man who leads the blind astray on the road. Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’” (Deuteronomy 27:18)
I worked for a large state agency in Texas for many years. Not far from us was a training site where people with a multitude of disabilities went daily to learn how to be independent. Some were in wheel chairs, some blind, some either struggled to hear or were deaf. So, we became part of their training, as they would make their way to our complex of buildings with specific assignments of where to go, who to see, what to ask for, and then make it back to their starting point. Some times employees would go out of their way to help them, but they would politely tell them, “Thank you, but I have to learn how to do this without help.” I suffered a stroke this year, and it was not easy doing things, but I found myself saying those same words to those who would try and help. It gave me an appreciation of what people with permanent disabilities have to do daily, and a better understanding of why they needed to do things on their own. I also had a dear friend who was not able to speak, but could read lips. She did her best to teach me sign language, but I’m sorely out of practice now. Still, it makes you feel what they feel and have to do, and anyone who makes fun of them or tries to put obstacles in their way are just being mean. I pray we all might learn this lesson from God, that they are to be treated the same as others, just with more challenges.
“Satan tempting Jesus” (Luke 4:1-13)
For forty days, Satan tempted Jesus anyway he could, yet his response was either: ‘It is written….” or ‘Scripture says…’ To be tempted is not to sin. It is not a sin for you to face a temptation and pause to consider it before saying no. Jesus spent those 40 days being tempted and He responded with Scripture, but most importantly, He did not sin! As Christians we are to temptation with the perspective of God’s Word and to decide definitely not to participate. God’s Word helps us to see the hidden implications of an action, not just the simple act. The act may not be sinful. The motivation for the act or the priority taught by the act may be sinful as seen in the temptation to use miraculous powers for selfish purposes. Some act such as worshiping Satan are sinful in themselves. The point here is simply to pause to consider is not a sin, but if it takes you beyond that point, it is. So don’t let Satan catch you off guard. Stay in God’s Word daily.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the rippled, 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)
I could go on, but it speaks of the feeding of the four thousand and that’s for another time. Jesus sat there for about 3 days, as people kept bring people before Him to be healed. He had compassion on them, and so He stayed there until there were no more people to heal. He blessed them according to their needs. Our compassion as His followers should cause us to minister to the needs of handicapped persons. Churches, wherever possible,should have special programs and make special provision for handicapped people. Our work with the handicapped should bring praise to God, and we be among those and offer up our own praise to God.