Just when you thought you have completed the circle of indecision and you now understand where life is taking you. Just when you thought you had consummated the course; no more immature mistakes causing you to stumble and fall. Just when you thought you were comfortable with who you are and whose you are and you can now exhale. Just when you thought your life can now glide along the way it was meant to glide and you have become at ease. Just when you thought now you know what you knew you didn’t know before; something out of the blue comes rushing in like a twelve foot tidal wave and causes you to question everything you thought you knew. This something demands your spirit to ask "how, when and why?"
How did I get to this place of comfort when the world is in such great turmoil? How did I become so complacent with my surroundings that I could not see beyond my own back yard? When did I become so merciless and without compassion and my vision become so obscure that I did not recognize my destitute brother?
How does a daughter of the most high God become so busy that she forgets to clothe herself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, while bearing with one another and forgiving one another as her Lord has forgiven her? When did my prayer life become so totally secluded to only my family, my friends, and my church family all the while forgetting my childhood lessons taught by my father of tenderheartedness, humanity and compassion?
The dictionary defines compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” How strong is our desire to alleviate the suffering of others? Have we replaced our essential practice of tolerance for other’s misfortune with fear and a harden heart?
Why should we have compassion for the poor and down trodden? Matthew 25:34-40 says “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison
and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
We must remember not to forget the poor for when we do for the poor we are pleasing God. Our works of charity and beneficence, according to what we are able to do, are necessary to salvation. The sheep that are mentioned in the delineation of the final judgment in Matthew 25:34-40 are commended for taking care of the poor, the sick, the imprisoned and the vulnerable. In our attempt to do well, let us not allow the distractions of everyday life make us so discombobulated that we forget the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 says. “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
When we in our deepest consciousness realize our entire need is of God. Being convicted that before God we were void of everything; we should always feel compelled in some way to help make the unfortunate circumstances of others better. Even if only our conversation of our hope in Christ Jesus or Savior we share.