Lend a Helping Hand

John Tilton


Deuteronomy 22:1-3

If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner.2If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.3Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.


The scriptures are real simple and clear. We are implored and encouraged to lend a helping hand to those around us, as we see the need arise.


For me, it’s the business and tasks that sometimes cause me to avoid opportunities to extend a hand. I know that as much as possible, those are the times that I can not only lend a hand, but plant seeds of who God has called us to be, in extending help, grace and testament.

Gut then I think about my grandchildren. Even when they dirty the house, I end up willingly helping them. Why? I’m a clean freak, wanting things clean. I also love my grandchildren so much, that I always an ready and willing to help them. Then it came to me that I lend a hand because it involves me again; the cleanliness that I want, and my love for my grandchildren. Hmmm … I guess if it’s not related to me, I’m not as anxious to lend a hand. I have on certain occasions, but take more of an effort. From me.


Dear Lord, please help me better to prioritize to make the most of opportunities to lend a hand and testify of who you are in me; especially when it involves those that I am not close to, or when it does not benefit me.

Devotions for March 13

Deuteronomy 22,23,24
Galatians 4

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