God’s Word: Mark 8:1-12
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Jesus heart breaks when He sees people without basic needs met. His concern is with those who through no fault of their own, lack basic needs. Perhaps it is illness, or the economy where they live, or lack of a job. When people choose laziness as a reason for their basic needs going unmet—He would say “get out of bed and care for your needs.” When a government allows lazy people to receive assistance they find their country on a downward spiral. When lazy people realize they can get something for nothing they become very creative in finding ways to sponge off the system.
Jesus heart breaks for both those who cannot support themselves and for those who will not. For those who cannot support themselves His heart is filled with compassion. For those who will not support themselves, His heart is filled with sorrow. When you give a lazy man bread to eat you have destroyed his initiative. His outlook on life turns from trying to make a living to trying to find “free money.” And when the government keeps giving out free money there are generations who learn to live off the government. Like father, like son.
I have a very good reason for saying “if a man won’t work, neither let him eat.” Mankind were created and given work to do. I have gifted each person with skills to care for their own needs and to help others. You must balance your life nurturing these two—caring for self and caring for others. Each person finds purpose and meaning in life as they stay within this realm. Those who have must share with those who have not—only so far as those who have not are honestly in need. It breaks Jesus’ heart to see the dishonestly so prevalent in the world.
God’s Question: Are you honestly working to care for your needs?
God’s Promise: I do help those who help themselves.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for this reminder to meet my needs and help others.
I am Sorry if I have missed out on helping someone in need.
Thank You for providing the Bible to guide me in service.
Please help me share my skills freely with others in need.