Thursday – October 11, 2018 – Honoring the Weak.
1 Corinthians 12:22-23 (NASB) On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable…
Matthew 19:13-14 (NIV) Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
For those of you who have children, you no doubt have received many art projects from them. In all honesty, the art has not been very good, yet you put it in a place of honor. You place it in the center of the refrigerator door and if you are like me, you open the door several times a day. Each time you open the door, there is a reminder of the high regard and love you have toward your child.
What about when the master artist was an infant? Did you hold him or her in high regard? Did you honor God by thanking Him for giving you such a precious gift? Even when you were blurry eyed in the middle of the night caring for a sick child, did you pray and ask for healing, did you administer the medicines that were necessary, did you believe and hope for the best? Why did you honor the child in that way? It certainly wasn’t because of what he or she contributed to the family. There was no contribution to the family finances. There was no helping with the chores. What about the preparation of meals or the setting of the table?
The child certainly didn’t contribute to the hygiene in the house. He or she spit up, belched and vomited. Diapers were dirtied and sometimes you marveled at what could be eliminated from such a tiny body. But even if your child had a dirty diaper and someone wanted to gaze upon him/her, you granted their desire because of the pride that swelled in your breast. You might have apologized for the smell, but you did not apologize for the child or desire to abandon him/her.
Weakness is honored in the Bible. The weak are told to declare that they are strong, because it is through weakness that we will know to seek God’s strength. The only strength that we need is the strength that God gives us.
Prayer: Lord, help me to honor the weak and vulnerable and declare that I am strong in you.