Regard for the Weak

My granddaughter turned 7 months old a few days ago. She has grown so much since her birth. She is now able to sit up on her own and stand while holding onto something. She has a long way to go, but she is a go-getter and it isn't going to take her long to get there!

As I was sitting and chatting with her yesterday I was thinking of how we all start out like that. We are helpless, needing someone to feed, clothe, bathe, and, yes, even change us. Without parents none of us would have survived those first years of life.

Then I read this last night before going to bed...

"Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;

the Lord will protect him and preserve him in times of trouble.

The Lord will sustain him and preserve his life;

he will bless him in the land

and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed

and restore him from his bed of illness."

-Psalm 41:1-3

"Regard for the weak." There are weak all around us. It might be your neighbor who is out of work right now. It could be the friend who found out he has cancer. It could be the child whose parents are getting a divorce. These are the ones that we are to "regard." We are called to pray for them, give to their needs, and look after; especially when we are in places of strength.

We are to do this because that is what our heavenly Father did for us. In His strength He had regard for us weak and helpless and provided the means for our salvation, and also continues to provide for our daily needs. Our Father expects we His children to follow in His example.

As you read here in Psalm 41, though, you also see that our Father pours out blessings on us so that we can continue to be a blessing. Therefore, do not think that you are blessed for you alone. The blessings you receive are to give "regard to the weak."

So open your eyes today. Who are the weak around you that you should regard? How have you been blessed to be a blessing to someone else? Remember what James tells us, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows (the weak of their day) in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27)


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