Morning Meditation – In the Unseen Places

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)

At the end of the day, the greatest measure of our faith is not the things we accomplish, naturally or supernaturally, but our care for those who cannot care for themselves.  The Apostle Paul said it this way, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2, ESV)

In a world where power impresses, it’s easy to overlook the simple, yet sacrificial, act of loving others.  Visiting the lonely, sitting by hospital beds, and seeing to the needs of the afflicted are not glamourous.  It will not win Academy Awards, and will hardly be noticed for applause.  These actions do not promote grand experiences.  But, it is only in our care for others will the true faith of our hearts be seen.

Simple concept, but very difficult to make a priority.  May the Lord grant us eyes to see what we’ve never seen before.

6 thoughts on “Morning Meditation – In the Unseen Places

  1. joyfullyhis1

    Ouch! This speaks to me as a nurse! Yes I have to be in the hospital because it’s my job but It’s also a unique place to be and a “call” to bring His love for the sick to the bedside. More than I would like, I get caught up in doing the job but your meditation caused me to realize afresh how special my place is at the bedside of sick people! I am going to put forth more of a fight to hear from God…to be less caught up in the “tasks” and get past the physical “medicine” to extend to my patients what He wants for them through His love.

  2. Amen!!! Pastor this is so good; from a heart that has seen much; stood beside many; and continues to do so, regardless of the pain it brings.
    May hope rise to the wonders of His love for those afflicted (sick, deseased, dying, broken, downcastness) through the unconditional love of standing beside, with, and next to those who God places in our path.

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