People are cruel and selfish. They sip their Starbucks every day in their $200 jacket, $120 jeans, and $400 boots. They laugh at memes on their $1,000 smartphone while they plan their $6,000 vacation. They withhold their tithes and walk by the homeless while they avert their eyes, so they don’t have to think or feel.
They shed a tear at a starving child while they hit share on Facebook, but they refuse to lift a finger. They scroll by pleas for help and chuckle at pictures of people being humiliated and belittled. Their love has gone cold. Their hearts are as hard as rocks.
They turn away from G-d’s Word and work to satisfy the lusts of their flesh. They only serve themselves as they float down the road of destruction. Never lifting an eye to see the terrifying demise they will endure if they don’t repent and beg for forgiveness from the Creator for all those they refused to assist in their time of great distress.
Oh, how the hurting and hungry cry out! The lonely long for simple companionship, and the cold hope for a warm jacket. The cries of the little ones and widows reach the ears of heaven and melt the heart of the Father of Righteousness. He turns His gaze upon them and sees their suffering. He beckons His own to help, but will they hear Him? Will the people who are called by His Name answer? Will their hearts be moved, and their hand reach out? Will they not forget the cries of the suffering, will they not be distracted by the comforts they enjoy and forget to share their great and bountiful blessings? Will they? When?
Isaiah 58:6-7 (TLV)
6 “Is not this the fast I choose:
to release the bonds of wickedness,
to untie the cords of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to tear off every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the homeless poor into your house?
When you see the naked, to cover him,
and not hide yourself from your own flesh and blood?
Luke 3:10-11 (TLV)
10 The crowds were asking him, “What should we do?”
11 He answered them, saying, “Whoever has two coats, let him give to the one who has none; and whoever has food, let him do the same.”
Proverbs 3:27 (TLV)
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Hebrews 13:16 (TLV)
16 Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
“Sharing”: Heb. gemilut chasadim (well-doing; acts of lovingkindness); and Grk. koinonia (sharing).
John 15:12 (TLV)
12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.
Galatians 6:2 (TLV)
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the Torah of Messiah.
Matthew 5:42 (TLV)
42 Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Proverbs 19:17 (TLV)
17 One who is kind to the poor lends to Adonai,
and Adonai will reward him for his good deed.
Matthew 25:35-40 (TLV)
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’