Commentary By: Gordon King
Have you ever been approached by a stranger in need? I have. If so, what was your response? Did you turn and walk away or did you offer help and assistance?
Suppose an older homeless man dressed in filthy, smelly old clothes walked up to you at a gas station pump. He asks you for some spare change to buy something to eat. You quickly respond: “I don’t have any money on me, sorry”. The man drops his head and slowly walks away in shame. You turn your head for a quick second, then look back towards the homeless man, only to find that he has suddenly disappeared, vanished, as if into thin air! “What!” You think to yourself. He was just there, I only looked away for a second, now he’s gone.
Did you stop to ask yourself that maybe, just maybe he was heaven-sent? That maybe he was an angel?! Sounds silly you say. That could never happen. Oh really! Well, I have found myself in the same situation, not just once but, several times. Then after hearing this bible verse over and over, I stopped to seriously think about it.
“2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
“30 Give to everyone who asks of you.”
“42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”
“35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
“38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Give to those who ask. Many people, even Christians that I know, tell me that I should not give to homeless people. That people standing on the street corner with cardboard signs should just go to the homeless shelter for help. I can see their reasoning for this. If we keep giving to these people, they will not go away and more will show up. If they can stand all day then they could get a job.
Well, that is human reasoning. I try not to follow human reasoning. God told me to give, so I give. I am not boasting. I am not telling who, where or what I give. But, I do try to help out those in need. It is not for me to decide if they really need help or not. God did not tell us to make a decision before you help someone out. He said if someone asks you, then give. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. It’s not for us to decide who needs what or how much, that’s for God to decide.
Let us help those in need, those who ask of us. In doing so, you just might be helping out an angel of God! Remember, God told us that by helping those in need, we are helping God. It’s as if God himself is asking us for help.
There is so much to this life that we just do not know or understand. If we follow God’s laws and commands, how can we go wrong, right!
God Bless, take care, and remember to help out some angels tomorrow. Peace!