Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Truth Project: Lesson Thirteen – Community and Involvement: God Cares, Do I?

I can’t believe it’s over!  What an incredible experience.  I’m ready to do it all again so I might retain even more.  The little bit of group discussion we have after watching each tour video is great, but isn’t enough to solidify everything presented.  I think I need to budget to buy the DVDs so I can watch them with my husband and we can discuss them.  Maybe that will help me to gel what I’m learning.

Our Heavenly Father has a heart for the needy.  Am I trying to justify myself and my lack of involvement with the needy like the expert in the law in Luke 10:25-29?  Do I simply throw money at the “problem” and not get my hands dirty?  I have thrown money at the “issue”.  I have participated in feeding the homeless.  But what am I supposed to do? 

Dr. Tackett told a couple of stories that brought me to tears.  The first was about how he was an outcast when he was young:  picked on, talked about, made fun of.  He admitted that he should have known better when he became more popular because of his athletic and academic abilities, but he still participated in teasing another outcast.  Now he prays for the opportunity to apologize to that girl.  I pray he gets that chance – that she will see the video and contact him.  Please let it be Your will, Jesus.

The second was about his first dance.  When he got home, his father asked if he had a good time.  Yes.  Did he dance with any girls?  Yes, quite a few.  Did they have fun?  I think so.  Did everyone have fun?  I think so.  Were there any girls who didn’t get asked to dance?  A couple.  Do you think they had fun?  WHOA!  Tackett’s father concluded this teaching opportunity with the advice for Del to pay attention and ask the girls no one else asked to dance and to make sure they had fun.  This is the heart of our Heavenly Father toward the needy.  What a beautiful picture.  God hears the cries of the needy even when they are silent.

Who is God?  What is it about the nature of God that causes Him to do the things He does?  That will be a tough question to answer at times because His ways are not my ways and it will be difficult to discern His motives without the Holy Spirit’s help.  Please protect me from that, Lord.  Through the study, we concluded that God is humble and He is gentle.  We also learned that humility is not timidity!  Hallelujah!  If we want to follow Him, we must engage in the battle of getting involved.

William Wilberforce was a sickly man.  And he didn’t succeed right away in his petitions to Parliament to abolish slavery.  In fact it took 46 years for the bill to abolish slavery to be passed, and he was in bed dying at the time.  God used him.  And God can use you and me.

So there’s the thing:  What do I do?  I must petition God until He gives me an answer.  In the meantime, I need to care…

With tearful eyes, I prayed for Flash today.  That he would come to know and love the King of the Universe Who wove him together and loves him enough to die for him.

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