If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22
Every person will have at least one enemy. There will always be at least one person who will be an enemy to each person on this earth.
The enemy can be one who is physically fighting, or it can be one who is just verbally fighting against a person. Either method of fighting can inflict great damage to a person.
According to the world, when a person has an enemy, he should strike back as hard as possible, harder than he was struck. One has the right to get revenge upon the enemy. No love or care should be shown, because of the damage the enemy had done.
Solomon states that one should give food and water to the enemy as needed. In doing this one will get a reward from God.
Helping the enemy in his time of need goes against the standard of the world. The world sees that when the enemy is down, then it is the time to strike that much harder and destroy him.
However, since God is love and He wants every one of His followers to show the same love He shows them to others, one should show love to His enemy. Showing love is caring for the person in his time of need.
It is not difficult to provide a little food and water to one in need. This is a live demonstration of God’s great love to the believer, being shown to the enemy.
This can also cause the enemy to realize the error of his ways, maybe causing a change. God will also reward the one who cares for his enemy.
Just like the rest of the world, you will have some enemies. There will be some people who are out to hurt or destroy you. You have a choice as to how you will react to their attacks.
You can be like the world and strike back and hate them. Or you can choose to be like Jesus and show love.
Jesus showed you great love for you when you were His enemy by dying on the cross for you. God is not necessarily asking you to die for your enemy, but to just give them some food and water in their need.
How are you caring for your enemies?
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and all people; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that God will guide you in helping out your enemies; and that your care to others will be a demonstration of God’s love to them.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Psalm 111:5
One of the things that every person needs on this earth is food. A person cannot live without food for very long. Food is what gives a person the needed nourishment for the body to have the needed energy to accomplish what needs to be done.
When a person does not get enough food, there is a loss of energy and the body becomes susceptible to sickness and disease. There is a large group of people in every nation around the world that is not getting enough food to adequately sustain them in a healthy lifestyle. In some nations, starvation is a common sight to see.
Many organizations provide food to many people, but they cannot provide to every person every where, all the time. There is still a shortage of food.
David points out that God provides food for those who fear Him. God does this because of His covenant, promise with the people.
Physical food is good for the body while living on this earth, but it is temporary and goes away quickly. No matter how much a person eats today, he will need more tomorrow.
God does provide physical food, but He also provides much more. He provided the eternal spiritual food that effects all of eternity. God has given His word for people to devour and live upon. The bible provides what the soul needs to live for eternity. It points a person to Jesus and guides the person in how to live for God.
God is and will be faithful in providing what a person needs. While physical food is good, it is also temporary. Jesus stated that His food was to do the will of God, to live according to His Word.
As you sit and eat physical meals each day, remember to eat of God’s spiritual food. Get into God’s word daily and hide it in your heart. It is in God’s word that you will find salvation in Jesus. It is in God’s word that you will find out how to live for God for all eternity.
Taste of the Lord and see that He is good and will provide all that you need, in this life and in the life to come.
Do not rely upon the food this world can provide, but upon God and His eternal word. Trust His provision for your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will provide daily what you need; that you will be sustained by God’s word; and that you will know the words of God that bring eternal life.
All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. Psalm 104:27
Every person needs some things to survive upon this earth. The very basic needs are food, shelter and clothing. Everything beyond that is a bonus to whoever has it.
In order to get these things, people work jobs to get the needed money to purchase them. This works great, until a person cannot get a job or has a job that does not pay enough to get what is needed.
The majority of people in the world believe that they are the ones completely in control of getting what they need. It is all about self getting those things. And there is great stress if they cannot get those things and more.
The psalmist points out that the creatures look to God for their provision of food. They expect God to provide food at the right time.
While there is nothing wrong with working for the basic needs, and it is required to do so by God, relying upon self to get them is not what God wants. God wants the believer to trust in Him for the provision of all of his needs.
This is not saying that one does not work and just waits for God to provide. It is saying that a person will seek what God wants him to do and trust God to provide everything needed as it is needed.
Getting food at the time needed may mean that there is no great storehouse filled in with extra food for use whenever one wants, but will be there when needed.
Every believer must trust God in everything and for everything. All he must do is do what God wants Him to do and trust God for the rest.
As you go through this life seek to know what God wants you to do to build His kingdom. Put Him and His kingdom first. As you do that God will provide for all of your needs.
Trust that God will give you what you need at the time you need it, not early nor late. If the animals can trust God and God meets all of their needs, He will surely meet all of your needs.
His help may or may not be ahead of time, but it will always be on time–at the proper and perfect timing.
Are you looking to God for your provision or to your self?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God with all you need; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; and that you will see God’s blessings in your life.