My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Why are you staring at one another?
Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?”
(Genesis 42:1 NASB)
Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning.
(Psalms 5:1 NASB)
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.
(Psalms 5:2 NASB)
Jacob and his family were starving for the famine had already
become severe in the land. There was nothing left to eat and yet, no
one was doing anything. Jacob chided his sons and asked them why they
were just sitting around and staring at one another. They didn't seem
to know what to do. The Psalmist reminds us that we are to bring our
needs and concerns before the Lord. He will consider our groaning and
heed our cry for help, if only we'd stop staring at one another!
There is a call to action found in these verses today. How often
do we end up in difficult circumstances of life and respond by staring
at one another? We are immobilized by fear and therefore we take no
action but remain in dire circumstances. God does not intend for us to
be people of inaction, but rather, people of action. We are created in
his image, and he is a God of action. God, in his action reaches out to
all of humanity and through his grace draws us closer to him. He is
desiring that we draw nearer to him in all things, including dire
situations. Therefore, our first response should always be to seek him.
Things are tough, we're not sure what to do -- seek him! As we spend
time in his presence, he draws us ever nearer to him, and as we draw
closer to him, he presents us with a plan of action. No longer must we
sit around and stare at one another, but we get up and we get going!
There is a solution to your problem, and you are a part of that
It seems that these days too much time is spent sitting around and
staring at one another and waiting for God to magically intervene.
Isn't that what a sovereign God should do -- just jump in and make a
difference? If that's what we're waiting for, we just don't get it. We
are to be God's people of action in a hurt and dying world. What do we
do about the needs that confront us on a daily basis? Recently as we
were entering a building a woman came running across the parking lot
shouting at us, and asking us for help. She could barely get the words
out because of a speech impediment, but also because it was obvious that
she had been drinking heavily. She had a baby at home and needed
diapers and a few other things, could we give her some money? We
learned from our Russia days that when people asked for bread, we went
and bought them bread, but never gave them money, because the money
would be used to buy more alcohol. We said we'd buy her some diapers so
we turned and went the other direction and found a store where we could
buy some baby items, as well as food. After shopping, we drove her
home. Did we make a difference in her life? I don't know, but all
along the way I kept praying that God would give us wisdom to know what
to do. I don't want to be a person of inaction, but rather, a person of
action, bringing about a little taste of the kingdom of God to those
who may not have had a chance to experience Jesus. Over and over the
verse came to my mind..."When did we see you a stranger and invite you
in, or needing clothes and clothe you?"
We must stop staring at each other, and be God's people of action in a
desperate and dying world. May we begin by being active in our prayer
lives, and then go out and touch our world in the power of God's holy
Lord, my heart breaks over what I see around me. Please, help me to touch my world for you. Amen.