10:30-31, Luke 19:10
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there
came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by
on the other side. *For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost.
though we are not to allow depressing news and negative things happening
around us to affect us, we are also not supposed to absolutely ignore
those things because they won't affect us. We are to see those negative
things as opportunities for us to occupy until Christ comes. Every
problem around us and everything that is not going according to God's
will is an opportunity for you and I to occupy until Christ comes. What
problems have you seen or heard lately? We are to pray and ask God for
grace to be a blessing in those situations.
Joseph did not ignore the two prisoners who were sad because of the
dream they had that they couldn't interpret, Gen.40:7. He
compassionately offered assistance to their situation and this
eventually led to him receiving a greater opportunity to be a blessing
to Pharaoh. Compassion has a way of stirring up the rivers of living
waters that are in us to water the lives of others.
Whenever we act like the priest in our first text above, we miss out on
opportunities to occupy till Christ comes. He saw the wounded man and
just passed by. We are not on this earth to just pass-by negative
situations. We are the light of the world, the salt of the earth and the
hope of many generations.
PRAYER: Pray about recent negative news that you have been
hearing and about things that have been a burden in your heart lately.
Ask God to send you and other labourers into these situations.