Today’s Scripture: Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not… Isaiah 35:3-4a
|Are people a priority to you? A.W. Tozer has blessed my heart with so many of his works, but there is one thing he overlooked in his personal life that I have greatly learned from. I once met his son who is a very liberal man. I inquired as to why he chose to be that way. He replied that his father was a great man but had absolutely no time for him as a child. He shared that his father would lock himself in his study for hours on end. So, sadly, the son had no desire to be anything like his father. That statement shocked me and I purposed that I would try to never do that to my family and that I would always try to be there for those in my church. We know that we cannot always be there for everyone all the time, but we need to have our eyes open and be ready to share God’s love with those around us.
We need to ask ourselves: in the process of how we are serving God, are we doing a disservice to those around us? It is easy to become so focused on what we feel needs to be addressed in our own lives that we completely neglect the people we come into contact with everyday. Are we winning souls? Are we ministering to the hurting and watching for ways we can ease the pain? Ministry does have a lot to do with knowledge of God’s Word, but more than anything else, it is about how we use our walk with God to reach people.
Your brothers and sisters in Christ, your family members, the unsaved cashiers you pass in the stores, they all need something. They need you to see them and take action. It doesn’t have to be a complex process. Some need a listening ear, some need the clear gospel, and others need to hear a word of encouragement. Don’t live with blinders on when it comes to those around you. There are people who are so broken that you cannot even fathom it. Some put a smile on their face and get up each morning with a hurt that they have shared with no one but God. But, if you pray for the Lord to show you those people, He will.
You never know how much of an impact you can make with ten minutes of your time, or even a simple email. Now is the time to lift up the fallen, help heal the wounded, and steady those who are struggling to stand. We are in a battle for the Lord, and every now and then we need to be set back on our feet when life deals a hard blow. Be that for someone today. In your moment of silent pain, you would want someone to do the same for you.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder