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.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Most people have a special friend that they love to spend time with. They look forward to time together. The newly married couple are always seeking to be together. While one is at work, they are thinking constantly about each other and cannot be separated, unless it is absolutely necessary.
This can also be seen in the business world. There are certain business men or women that people would love to spend some time with. They want to learn from that person and gain their knowledge or experience. Some will spend thousands of dollars just to be able to spend a few minutes with a person.
The writer of this psalm talks about a panting desire to be with God. He is thirsting as a deer thirsts for water to spend time with God. He wants to be in God’s presence.
While spending time with people can be good, there is one who is better to spend time with. People can provide some temporary help or comfort, but God can provide for eternal help and comfort.
In church there are many people who believe in God, but He is not the center of their lives. He is not what they seek and want the most in their lives. They are busy with other things in their lives.
The picture of a deer panting for water is one of who is desperate for water. It is one of life and death. Without water, one will die, it is needed.
The same is with God. God should be the most important person in one’s life. So much so that without God, one would feel as if he would die.
There may be many things in your life that you would like to have. Some of which you may think you need to have. However, the most important thing to have is God in the center of your life.
Spending time with God should be your greatest concern in your life. Stopping the rest of life to be with God should be a common scene in your life. Without God, you will make poor choices, you will be weak, and you will lose the battles in this life.
With God you will have joy, peace, strength and comfort for everything. What are you desperate for today?
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will desire to spend time with God; that you will know God’s presence in your life daily; and that God will be the center of your life.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12
It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.
Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.
After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.
Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.
While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.
As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.
You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.
God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.
I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.
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
It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.
The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.
God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.
Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.
As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.
When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.
When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.
How are you treating your enemies today?
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.