Today’s devotional from Our Daily Bread directed readers to the Book of Ruth where Naomi says of Boaz who became aware of Ruth’s plight as she gleaned behind his harvesters. 2:19 says, “Blessed be the one who took notice of you.”
Taking notice of those in need should be a regular occurrence to servants of Christ. It requires eyes wide open. I recall the story of our church in Irving, TX, that wanted to adopt some school kids not simply at Christmas but throughout the year. Darlene went to the nearest school and asked for an appointment with the principal. She asked for the names of some needy families. Upon hearing the request, the principal literally put here hands over her eyes as she said, “We don’t have any needy families!” Then she relented a bit and said, “Well, actually we do. But we choose not to see them.”
I’ve used that illustration when I’ve preached on the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). It was the attitude of the priest and Levite: “What’s mine is mine and I’ll keep it!” Such people close their eyes to needy people and refuse to see them by walking on the other side of the road.
Not a man like Boaz. Boaz saw Ruth’s need for protection, and warned his harvesters to leave her alone (v.9). He supplied her with extra food by instructing his workers to let grain fall purposely (v.16). Boaz even addressed Ruths emotional needs by comforting her (vv.11-12). Therefore, Naomi blessed him for taking notice.
Taking notice of needy people can happen intentionally or at times providentially. Let me illustrate the latter first. Kaye and I were eating out one night and the server approached our table, as I was getting ready to offer thanks. The Spirit prompted me to ask, “How can we pray for you?” She began to describe her financial woes. I did pray for her financial needs, but then the Lord said, “Leave her a $100 tip.” You see, God sometimes uses us to answer our prayers.
When Dennis Moore, Pascal Permis and I traveled to Haiti in search of a replacement project for our first attempt to respond to the Haitian Earthquake, the Lord led us to Gros-Morne. We went intentionally, but the need screamed at us and we heard the Macedonian Call to go there and help. The 2,000 seat sanctuary nears completion. The 800-student school has been painted. A new computer lab has been installed. And, 1,500 pairs of shoes have been delivered.
We don’t have to look that far away to see need. Have you taken notice of needy people in your church or on our district? One of our churches is literally being swallowed by a sinkhole under its foundation. I speak of our Naples Faith Community Church. Roy Shuck serves as pastor. He has led teams of workers in Disaster Relief ever since Hurricane Andrew. Now his church faces this natural disaster.
How would you like to try to reach new people with large yellow signs posted on every door that basically says, “Enter at your own risk?” A lawsuit will have to be filed to make the insurance company do what is right. We have responded in a limited way with emergency district funds. I wonder what could happen if Nazarenes responded to this local church’s disaster?
If I were reading this I’d send an offering or at least give my people an opportunity to respond. In fact, I think I’ll follow my own advice. You see, blessed are those who take notice and respond. Here’s an address and link to this local church:
Dr. David F. Nixon
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