DAY 19: Are You Up To The Challenge?
Facing The Problems Of Hunger And Poverty
Micah 6:[1-5] 6-8
and Proverbs 14:31
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression...?
When asked whether we should give of ourselves (our time or our money) to help those in need, it's hard to imagine someone saying, "No!" While we may disagree about priorities and who should be helped first or receive the most, we all would agree that we who have resources should help those who do not have. Just look at how much money is put in the Salvation Army's red kettles at Christmas and how much time and energy youth ministries (and many others) put into mission trips and service projects.
Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. We feel that, no matter what we do or how much we give, the problems just keep getting worse. We may worry about how much of the money we give to agencies actually goes to help the needy. We may feel that the personal inconveniences to our way of life are just too high and bothersome.
The question asked in the passage from Micah, "Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression?" might be our question. How much more do I have to do, Lord? The response comes in the following verses that the cost to live as a disciple is both less than and much more costly than a firstborn child. No, we don't have to give a firstborn as a payment or sacrifice. But we have to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
When have I felt a problem was so large that I was afraid to face it? How did I handle it? Who helped me? Is it still hanging over me?
God of mercy and justice, give me faith and courage to face the challenges of living life as your disciple. Help me face the fears and costs of following you and serving others. Amen
Make a list of ten "small" things you can do to help the needy. Post it in your locker or bedroom as a reminder. Try to do one thing from the list each day.
contributed by Pastor Seth Moland-Kovash