There is a lot of pain and darkness in our society today. From wars, terrorism to smaller pains such as bullying or depression. Living in such a world can be frustrating and scary. We watch the news and watch as people are hurting. Sometimes we think, “Man, I wish I could fly half way across the country to help those in need. Maybe you are in a position where you can help them. But if you aren’t, why not help those in need who live right next door? Lots of times we just walk on by and think, “Oh, someone else will help that person”. What happens when there isn’t a single person who makes that move? The consequences for that person in need could be detrimental.
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:10ESV
God calls us to help those in need no matter what. He doesn’t say, help them if you have time or help them if it is convenient. He says to “lift up his fellow”. So, why do we often times wander by leaving it for the next person to handle? Perhaps it is because of their problems or we think there is someone more suited in the world to help them. Whatever the excuse, we should be the ones running to their aid.
We are also told that standing up for someone does not solely mean a physical help but also verbal.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV
We need to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves. For if we do not, who will? Keep in mind, that helping someone doesn’t have to be some elaborate or extravagant act. If someone has lost a family member, take them some food or help them with an every day activity. If someone is dealing with bullying, sit down with them and pray or be there to listen. It is the simple acts that can mean all the difference.
So, this week, I challenge you; go find someone in need and serve them. Don’t let another opportunity pass you by.