READ: Job 29

THINK: Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me. – Luke 9:48

Poet Shel Silverstein wrote a heart-touching verse titled, “The Little Boy and the Old Man.” In it he portrays a young boy talking to an elderly gentleman.

The boy says, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.” “I do that too,” replies the old man.

“I often cry,” continues the boy. The old man nods, “So do I.”

“But worst of all,” says the boy, “it seems grownups don’t pay any attention to me.” Just then the boy feels “the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.” “I know what you mean,” says the little old man.

But do we really know what those two meant? Are we like the righteous patriarch Job, who was a man of compassion, helping the helpless? (Job 29:12-13). We consider Job good and godly (Job 1:8) because he demonstrated love to others, not just because he believed in God and offered prayers for his own family. He had Christlike compassion long before Jesus walked this earth.

The concerns of the Lord’s heart have not changed. He still is asking all who have accepted Him as Savior to be instruments of His love for those who need help (Mt. 22:39; Lk. 10:30-37; 1 Cor. 13; 1 Pet. 3:8). He longs to touch others’ lives through you and me.

By: Mart De Haan in Our Daily Bread

PRAY: Ask God whose life you can touch with his love this week.

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