God, the Defender of the Weak

Psalm 41:1-2 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.  2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. 

Our human nature is such  that we tend to identify with the strong, the powerful, and the rich. We want to avoid the weak and the poor because we think they have no value to add to us. On the contrary, God has special concern for the underdogs—the marginalized, persecuted and neglected.  He does not ignore the cries of the weak, or mistreated. Whether they are people who have been driven out of their homes because of war, or those persecuted for their faith, God cares for them.

The focus of Jesus’ ministry was to the poor and those neglected by society. He expected his followers to follow suit. He categorically indicated that faith and justice are interlinked. His true disciples are those who feed the hungry, welcome strangers, clothe the naked, take care the sick and visit those in prison (Matthew 25:35 – 40). In fact doing such acts of kinds to “the least of these,” is doing it to Jesus Himself. Apostle James echoes the same: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27).

But there is a blessing attached to acting kindly towards the weak: God rewards us (Psalm 41:1-2). The Bible says that to lend to the poor is in effect to lend to the Lord. (Proverbs 19:17).

May God give us eyes that see and hearts full of compassion for the marginalized.

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