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Moments with God

Moments with God, April 10

Psalm 41 (NIV) 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.  the Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.

3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.

When I was still in high school, I remember going on a fishing trip with my brother and brother-in-law.  We fished all day and decided to spend the night. We slept on the ground, and because it was cold, Wayne and I slept in the car.  We were parked near a convenience store when a couple drove up.  They seemed to be arguing, but I paid little attention.  The woman was wearing a bathing suit and was carrying a towel.  After dozing for a while, we noticed the man had driven away, leaving the woman alone.  Early the next morning, as we gathered our stuff, the woman was still there wrapped in her towel.  Apparently, she had been abandoned and was all alone.  I remember feeling sorry for her, but we had a day of fishing ahead of us. 

When we read or listen to the news, we usually hear of the famous, wealthy, powerful, or influential.  The rest go about their lives unnoticed until a tragedy strikes.  David, who was Israel’s king, knew what it was like to be weak as he ran for his life.  He tells us the Lord blesses those who notice, respect, and regard the weak.  For much of my life, as happened with that woman, I noticed but paid little attention.  God, however, notices them as each is His child.  God also notices those who have His heart for the weak.  He delivers those who take the time to interact with the weak.  He protects, delivers, preserves, and sustains them.  Why?  Because that is exactly what Jesus has done for us.  When we returned from fishing that day, the woman was gone.  Yet, after all of these years, I still remember her, which helps me not to repeat that day.  Remembering that Jesus came to us when we were lost, despised, weak, and enslaved helps us remember those who are weak.  Let us turn our faces toward them instead of away from them.

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