Busy day- can’t get to all missed calls on caller id, emails, & updates. Booted up machine, but sluggish & freezing up. Ran anti-virus check. Tomorrow will clean hard drive, register, & defrag. Also, got a ton of clothes from clothes line day before yesterday need to put away. Read very short Bible study- 1 chapter Old & 1 chapter New. Didn’t plan to post (late time). A few verses gave some pause for thought.
Psalm 10:1- 4 Why standest thou afar off, O Jehovah? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? In the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued; Let them be taken in the devices that they have conceived. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, And the covetous renounceth, yea, contemneth Jehovah. The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, saith, He will not require it. All his thoughts are, There is no God. (ASV)
Sometimes when we see how greedy some people and corporations can be, and how many are struggling to make ends meet, one may ponder if God is really in control. We must remember that Satan is called the prince of the power of the air and the ruler of this world. Even so, to call him the ruler, it is mankind that extended that position to him. God gave sovereignty of earth to man, but man bowed down to listen to Satan rather than to his Creator. In this, man subjected himself to Satan, and lost the sovereignty over this earth. So in this world, Jesus told those who followed Him to expect to be treated by this world as this world treated Him. So the greedy in this world will stand in pride and not have concern when the needy struggle. But though Satan may rule this world for now, there will be a day when our Creator will bring judgment upon all living, and who have ever lived.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. (ASV)
Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law. (ASV)
The whole of God’s law can be tied in to love. This love is not found in the greedy ones mentioned in the Psalms passage above. This love seeks to help in all possible ways the needy who have been trampled by the greedy.
Still, love in the Bible carries different connotations. There is the godly love for mankind, but when we were created, we were instilled with this other godly love for companionship in a more personal relationship. This is why God said that it is not good that the man should be alone. Certain traits were created into the fabric of our being that seeks that other companionship. Though this is intended to be a godly relationship, just as the greedy seek to oppress the poor, there is another greed in this special relationship that people may use to take advantage of others. Many in the area of prostitution seek to gain earthly material rewards from this relationship. Still others fall into the area of prostitution from dire desperation to meet other obligations. It is not for us to judge, but to seek to lift others up in this struggle in life. But many seek to take advantage of other’s bad situations. Others seek to judge others in bad situations. Sometimes it seems that there are very few who will reach out to lift others up.
Also as there are some who strive to reach out to others, sometimes it may seem that there are so many that are looking to use and take advantage of that reaching out, that they seem to expect it to always be there. When people reach out to others, they often have to remember that nothing is to be expected in return. One has to put self aside for someone they are reaching out to. This can sometimes be difficult, because it seems to be built in that people always want someone to be there for them. If you are there for someone, then are you there for them, because they need someone to be there for them? But if you expect them to be there for you, then you are not so much doing anything purely for them, because you are expecting to be repaid by them in having them to be there for you. So this is a trade-off. But if you do something for someone without expecting anything in return, then you have given of yourself.
Still, people have these yearnings for someone to be there for them for many reasons. People need one another, and as God said, “It is not good that the man be alone.” So just as you may be there for someone else, at the same time, you feel this desire and need for someone to be there for you. Sometimes when you do something for someone, you have to remind yourself that this doesn’t mean you are to ever be owed anything for your service, because the Lord will reward all who know Him for any service done for others as needed in accordance for the good works which we were really created for.
The lesson to be learned is that the reward the Lord prepares for those who love Him and in love serve one another is a reward to be found in the eternal life in His kingdom which we do not deserve. So though we may expect a reward in our heavenly home, we can’t seem to forget that we still live in this earthly fleshly body, and it always cries for attention. As we can expect this world to treat us as it treated Christ, we can expect this world to use us, take advantage of us, take us for granted. We may often expect to feel that we are not worth the attention of others. We may feel that we are not worth as much as others. We can strive to forget that we are only servants seeking to help others, and we have to be careful that others don’t see the tears when we hurt for feelings that others don’t see us as worthy of having. But we can only do what we can do by the grace and in the strength of Christ. So if it seems that we are out of resources, then we must decide that perhaps we are striving to do more than was meant for us to do. So as Paul says in Romans 7, we may often feel wretched in this fleshly body, knowing that it cries for its own concerns while in our minds we seek to serve the Lord. That is when we must remember to praise the Lord and that He will deliver us from this fleshly body. Still, we ache to know that we haven’t been fully delivered yet, as that awaits us meeting Him in the air, and seeing Him face to face as He is. So in this flesh we suffer the subjection to this law of the flesh as told in Romans 7, yet with the mind we yearn for that day when we will escape the hurts of this fleshly body.
And this world may continue to take advantage of us, and treat us as though we are not even as deserving of enjoying the life of others in their world, yet we must continue on. Though we feel that we are worthless and that all we could ever be worth is what others can get from us, we must remember the words of Christ as He said that when we have done all we can do, we must say that we are only servants and have done only that which was expected of us.