They worshiped their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to false gods.
Their enemies oppressed them
and subjected them to their power.
Yet he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;
for their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented. – Psalm 106:36-37, 42, 44-45
Slavery is still happening today. Not only in third world countries, but throughout the U.S. people, including children, are sold for horrendous reasons such as sex or labor. The god they serve is money. Children are sold by their parents, fall into the situation by being deceived or perhaps are kidnapped. The stories of human trafficking are heartbreaking and make people who hear them uncomfortable. People are unsure of how to respond.
God knows how to respond and gives us a model. Jesus showed how to love the oppressed. He didn’t turn his back on them or walk away from the ugliness in their life. He took their hand, prayed with them, spoke words of encouragement, and healed them. He went to where they were and didn’t wait for them to come to him. Jesus showed them what God’s love was like and it drew them to him.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times I have turned my back and walked (maybe ran) away. I pray for the strength to become fearless in serving you. Amen
Faith Tip: Has God put someone or a situation in your life that has made you uncomfortable. Pray for direction on how to respond and not be afraid.