I recently fell into a problem, that I didn’t first recognize as a problem. Then suddenly what I was facing became very obvious. I immediately repented of not coming to the LORD before walking into what now appeared to be quicksand. Then I berated myself. How could I not have recognized this! But after a good night’s sleep, the solution came.
It’s easy to make mistakes. We do it daily. My mistake wasn’t a sin but it also wasn’t wise. When I saw danger in the situation, I remembered that I am up against an enemy stronger than I am. We all are. Which is worse, he knows our weaknesses and he orchestrates his battle plans appropriately. Some of what we face can seem innocent enough. Have you ever reached out to help someone and been rebuffed? Did you ever give a present that the receiver hated? Sometimes even a smile to a stranger can elicit a glare in return. Just as we have a spiritual enemy, so do others. What you perceive as kindness can be taken as being inconsiderate or worse.
Consider Joseph who excelled in his work, only to be seduced and then falsely accused when he refused the seduction. Or Noah, who day after day worked on following God’s plan to save his family by building a boat, and was ridiculed by his neighbors. Jesus Himself wasn’t received by all He spoke to as well.
So do we stop reaching out to the needy? Do we stop opening doors or smiling? Do we only speak when spoken to? What a sad world that would be! We would all be like walking zombies with blinders on, refusing to see or acknowledge the hurting souls around us. And we wouldn’t be following God’s plan for our lives. He made us social beings and gave us the task of telling all about the wonderful things He’s done in our lives. How do we tell until we get to know that stranger? Sometimes that starts with a smile, a kind word or deed, or even just by opening a door. But make sure it’s the door that God wants you to open. Pray! No one needs to fall into quicksand, but we do need to reach out to a hurting world.
Our problems can seem bigger than us, but God is bigger than any problem. His plan is bigger than any of the enemy’s attempts to stop it. Most of all, His love is bigger than any of us can imagine. It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than you.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16.