Monday, February 16, 2015

Judges 5:23 -- On Helping the Lord

"Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty."
Judges 5:23

The thing that I find interesting about this verse is that people are cursed because they didn't help the Lord.  ... But we know that the Lord has all power, right?  So why would he need help?
I think there are a few things that come into play here.  The Lord might not be limited in potential power, but he is self-limiting.  Just like we have the power to kill, but choose not to, the Lord has the power to solve things by crushing our free agency, and he chooses not to.  Because he has given us freedom, and he values that gift, even when we don't, he refrains from forcing us to do things.  Thus, bad things can happen through our choices, either through making poor choices, or by inaction.  In order to stop some of those bad things without endangering freedom, the Lord does indeed need our help.  He needs our willingness and our obedience.  We need to be open to learning and choosing right... we need to be actively finding ways to make the world a better place.
Today, let's help God.  Let's be instruments in God's hands to answer prayers and bring relief.  Let's help the Lord in all that we do, by choosing the good.

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