Luke 24:13-53; Genesis 44; Psalm 35
How easy it is for me to slip into the prevailing culture of “only the strong survive” and look down on those who are weaker. That weakness may be physical, emotional or spiritual, but I often look down those who exhibit any weakness. God has a way of bringing me back to His sensibility. “All my bones will say, ‘LORD, who could compare to you? You rescue the weak from those who overpower them; you rescue the weak and the needy from those who plunder them.’” (Psalm 35:10) In a culture that exploits the weak, God shows His protection and rescue. The world declares that we live in a “survival of the fittest” idea; God loves and protects all of His children. As His children, we are called to be His hands to rescue the weak and the needy. We are called to change the prevailing culture. We are called to be a witness against a culture that so easily isolates and hurts those in need; that so easily attacks those unable to defend themselves. Paul noted that his strength came when God worked through his weakness. Our responsibility, as followers of Jesus, is to help people find God’s strength through their weakness, not to pick at that weakness. How can we build others up?
Lord, help me to look at others through Your eyes. Where I see weakness in others, help me to draw them to You. Keep me from the temptation of piling on and overpowering those who are weak and needy and let me show them Your love, grace, and power.