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God Uses People

Today’s reading: Psalm 107-108; Romans 15:21-33

6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!                               Psalm 107:6-8

25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.                                                                  Romans 15:25-26

God deserves all praise and thanks when He provides for those in need, but we ought not to sit back passively when we see a need assuming that He will intervene without the help of people like us.

Psalm 107 gives four vivid examples of how God worked to deliver people in need who called to Him in their distress. One group was homeless, others were imprisoned, some suffered for their sin, and still others were on the verge of shipwreck in a storm at sea. In each case, God heard their cries and delivered them. In each case, those who were delivered are admonished to give thanks to God for responding to their prayer and saving them. God is certainly due all praise in these cases, but it would be naïve to assume that God never uses other people to answer the prayers of those who are helpless.

Take Paul, for example. He knew about the suffering of the believers in Jerusalem. As he traveled through Europe, he asked the churches there to help with this need. They responded and Paul was in the process of traveling to deliver the collection to the needy.

Certainly, we are aware of more needs than any one of us can meet alone. We do need wisdom in choosing where to assist with our limited time and money. But beware of never responding to genuine needs thinking that God will intervene with no assistance from people. God uses means to accomplish His purposes. Be ready to consider serving when you are called and able to do so.

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