19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Hiking the Trails
I enjoy going on hiking and camping trips. I find them relaxing and refreshing.
Those long walks and getting away from it can be a relief to a weary mind and soul. Making simple meals over a fire (or out of a bag) is such a joy.
However, if I were to slip and twist my ankle, my hike would be more of a bother than a time of relaxation.
If I in my slip I fell and broke my tooth, my meals would be a time of anxiety rather than of joy.
On one trip into the wilderness with a college group, we had been out hiking and camping for three days. We had a great time.
On the hike out, a couple of the hikers grew quite tired and had run out water. One of our friends, who had decided at the last minute to join our group, did not even slow down to help. When all but those two were at the meeting point for almost half an hour, we got worried. The one mentioned seeing them, and then he started walking on ahead toward the exit.
He did not help us locate our friends, and he did not seem interested in helping in any other way, either. All he managed was to cause unnecessary pain through more grief and tension!
The Golden Rule
Followers of Jesus are expected to help others, for we may in fact be helping Him increase His Kingdom (Matthew 25:31-46).
What kind of friend are you?
If you see someone in need do you find out if you can help, or do you carry on your way with little thought about the matter?
Do bring relief or cause more pain?
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:9-12, NIV
Lord, help us to love as You love. Fill us with Your compassion and grace, that we may not cause unnecessary pain on others in their time of need. Help us to be Your faithful servants to this lost and hurting world.