THE STORY OF JESUS: Proverbs 22
“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Proverbs 24:10-11)
The point in this verse is to not stand by and do nothing when someone is in need.
Do something, help those who are dying, speak up for the abused, stand with the bullied.
I found this list of stories of people who refused to help…
These stories are sad… but do I hold back, or act as if it has “nothing to do with me”?
A quote by Martin Niemoller, a pastor in Nazi Germany, is striking:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Or Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
The issue is not whether we do everything, but if we do something… or nothing.
As a Jesus follower, I am called to step in to help others with, like and for Jesus.
God made us to be His hands and feet, and He knows if we care enough to help or not.
“If you say, ‘But we knew nothing,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?” (Proverbs 24:12)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I do not need to beat Satan’s lies – You did that for me. All that You ask is that I pursue love and right living to the best of my ability, with Your help. You will take care of the rest!