Now that we are through the season of Lent, it's time to return to our meditations from the Book of Proverbs. I had to go back and look, but when we switched over to Holy Solitude, our Lenten study, we were a few verses into Proverbs 24. So, here are the verses for this morning:
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength being small; if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death, those who go staggering to the slaughter; if you say, “Look, we did not know this”— does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will he not repay all according to their deeds? My child, eat honey, for it is good .. and know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, you will find a future, and your hope will not be cut off. (Prov. 24:10-14)
We often don't know what strength we possess until we have to live through or are faced with a situation in which demands, sometimes difficult demands, are made of us. Solomon words are clear (and hard): when we see others victimized because of injustice or oppression or poverty or any other kind of circumstances, action should be taken. It is no good making false excuses for inactivity, because God knows our inner thoughts and motivations. Then there's the bottom line: those who refuse to help others cannot expect God to help them when they are in need.
Meditation: One simple way I think we can help others is simply by encouraging them and reminding them of God's love for them. Of course, there are practical needs as well, but I see in our world today a lack of love and grace and a tendency toward judgment and division. How can we, who claim to follow Christ, take these words of Solomon to heart and put them into action?