April 6, 2021

Airlifted to Safety

He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Job 5:11
There are places in the gospel where we see Jesus placing somebody on high. Examples include the little children who serve as our examples; the woman who anointed his feet who will be remembered; the Roman centurion whose faith was greater than Israel's; the widow whose offering was the greatest of anyone's. What all these had in common was that they were lowly—even the centurion, for he was looked down upon because of his religion and race. The point here is not to put down others, but to demonstrate that no one is beyond our Lord's notice, and no one is outside God's help. 

We might wonder at a flood victim being airlifted to safety by a helicopter. But this is exactly what God does for those who need divine help. And this is exactly what God does for us when we need consolation. And the Apostle Paul that this is the precise reason we should comfort one another—because, as creatures made in God's image, we should share with others what God has given us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Comfort me in my pain, O God. And give me eyes to see the affliction of my neighbor, ears to hear their cries, and a heart that cares for them just as you have cared for me; in Jesus' Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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