Daily Golden Verse
|Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.|
|Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.|
As we saw in yesterday’s reading from Proverbs, when leaders get side-tracked by life-dominating sins, the poor and oppressed suffer. Today’s reading talks about relief of suffering by means of alcohol. Back then, pain management was not the science it is today. Intense suffering could be relieved by a medicinal use of alcohol, especially if someone was dying.
The Bible is not recommending here that we should relieve the suffering of people in poverty by giving them alcohol to abuse. Instead, what it is saying is that if we ignore such people, we are acting as if there’s no hope for them, as if they might as well be drugged and left todie.
Similarly, caring for the poor does not mean we should simply create more entitlement programs. While such programs can be helpful, they can also be a way to keep people in poverty. The government needs to work hard to ensure equal opportunities, and the church needs to be busy helping and nurturing people in faith.
For this to happen, we need leaders—indeed, all Christians—to be guarding their private lives so that people who need help can get what they need for daily living and becoming all God wants them to be. We need to stop thinking about what we want and start thinking about what others need.
Lord, forgive us for ignoring and marginalizing people so that their lives seem no longer worth living. May we lend a hand to offer them hope in you. Amen.
要做到这点，我们需要领袖们 —— 尤其是基督徒 —— 谨守自己的私生活，好叫那些需要帮助的人，能得到每日所需，并完成神在他们身上的计划。我们要停止思量自己的需要，而要开始想到别人的需要。