Helping those that suffer

Suffering People

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Peter… said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “…what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:21-22)

Seeing someone struggle is tough. Many of us have a “fix it” mentality where we want to jump into the middle of the situation and make sure they don’t struggle at all. We truly need to restrain ourselves and pray about our involvement. What is God doing through their struggle? When we jump in to help, we sometimes are jumping in front of God’s will for that person and blocking his work. Sometimes we need to get to the end of ourselves through suffering to truly see what God is doing and learn to depend on him.

Please don’t mistake this for not helping others when called. That’s why it is so important to stay in connection with the Holy Spirit to discern what we are to do. There are times when it is very obvious that help is needed at the moment like if someone is outside freezing without a coat or food or someone is broke down on the highway.

Think about the times you had challenges in your life. What did God work in you through these challenges? Could you have grown as much as you did without the struggle?

Prayer: Lord, it’s hard to be thankful for the times we suffer, but your work in us through the suffering makes us thankful. You always have a purpose for us. I pray that I may discern where it is you want me to jump in. Amen

Faith tip: Pray for clear direction of where God wants you to jump in and help today.

What will not be forgotten

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God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10)

The woman carefully bandaged the old man’s arm. The bed sores were getting worse, so she wanted to take every precaution to fight against infection. Looking into his sunken eyes, she felt compassion for him. The man’s daughter came home and put some groceries on the table.

“You have been so great, Aggie, in taking care of my father. I don’t know what I would do without you.”

She patted the girl’s arm. “It is my pleasure, Sue. God is so good.”

“I wish you would let me pay you for your time and care.”

Thank you for offering, but I really don’t need the money. I just want to be where God is working. I imagine myself taking care of Jesus himself when I care for others. I am so blessed.”

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Sometimes we wonder how people can serve others in what the world says are lowly ways. Being a servant is what God has called us to be. Jesus was a servant. He modeled the pattern for servant hood. He gave it all for us.

Some strive to be remembered after they are gone from this life, but all things on earth will be no more. However, we have the promise that God will not forget how we love him and love his people. That will never be erased.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities I have to serve you. I pray that I can see you in all the people I serve and continue to show them your love. Amen.

Faith tip: Discern between the things you do today that will perish with the earth and that will be remembered by God always.