A wonderful post written about family size!
I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! You may be a mother because you gave birth. You may be a mother because you adopted a child into your home. You may be a mother because in your heart, you love a child as your own. You may be a mother by marriage. You may be a mother because you once had a child in your womb who went to be with Jesus before you were able to hold him/her in your arms. In any case, you are loved!
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” ~ Proverbs 31:28
Psalm 60, (KJV)
60 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Sometimes when we displease God with our words and/or actions, He allows us to suffer the consequences. In today’s scripture, the Israelites experienced just that. However, they realized that just because they had experienced “hard things”, it didn’t mean they were destitute.
“God hath spoken in his holiness.” They new what God expected of them and they knew if they abide by His commands, He would bless them. They didn’t wallow in self-pity because of their difficulties; they picked themselves back up and praised God.
They knew that when they experienced success, it was only because of God’s hand in the matter. Men can only do so much and compared to what God can do, the help of man is done in vain. It is only through God that one experiences success.
May we humble ourselves and give God the honor for whatever we have accomplished in life. It is only through His wisdom and His strength that we experience success. may we turn to Him in our time of need and put our faith in Him and not in man’s help. Sometimes God uses man to help fulfill a need, but even in those instances, we need to remember that ultimately the help came from God
Dear God, Thank you for being on my side. Thank you for all the successes I have experienced because of You. Please continue to bless me and guide me in life for through You I “shall do valiantly.”
1 John 3:14-18 (KJV)
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we pass from death to eternal life. It is only through Christ that we can achieve eternal life (John 14:6). When we receive that gift, we should see changes in us. We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
We see some hard truths here in 1 John 3:14-18. We see that if we do not love, then we are still abiding in death. We also see that if we do not love our brothers and sisters, then it is the same as hate which is the same as murder! We know that no murderer will enter heaven (Galatians 5:19-21). Note: the Greek word used for “hate” has the connotation of a lifestyle of hate–in other words, the sinner is not repentive.
Verse 17 go on to explain one way we do not show love.
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
We are to help those in need if we have the means to do so. I do, however, believe we need to think about the true definition of help. Of course, if they have the physical need of food, we should give them food, but we also need to look at the why. Did they just have a bad time of something or could their continued problem be helped with learning better budgeting, frugal cooking ,gardening, etc. Truly helping them would be helping them learn how to fix the problem long term. It’s like the old adage:
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.
We need to show our love, Christ’s love, for others by helping those in need. We aren’t just supposed to sit around and talk about Christ’s love, but to go out and live it.
Everyone is capable of helping. You don’t have to be rich yourself to help. You could share of your meager amount of food. You could share knowledge and expertise. You could share your physical strength. You could just lend a helping hand. There is always some way you can help another.
Dear Lord, Open our eyes to those in need and show how to truly help them. Grant us wisdom in what we can do to help them long term if that need is there and to know what we have to offer others.