Journal Entry by Brenda Jones
S – Proverbs 25:21-22 (MSG)
If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness, and God will look after you.
O – Observation
Contrary to how our reactions rise and see us respond to situations when we are faced with those we feel threatened by or offended with, here the writer of the Proverb reminds us that when we see our enemies in need, we are to respond with kindness and to meet those needs in practical ways.
A – Application
As an early childhood teacher, I have a repertoire of children’s actions songs in my toolkit. One of my favourites though is a song called ‘Upsy Down Town’. It’s a fun song that always gets a laugh from the children, as the sky is in the sea, you’ll find cows in trees, rain falls up instead of down, and as you eat the chocolate cake, it just keeps getting bigger instead of smaller!! No wonder it sounds like fun to the children, because everything happens in a way that is the opposite to the world they know!
As I read this Proverb I was reminded of Upsy Down Town, and the fact that the things of God’s Kingdom don’t work in the ways of this world. God’s way of handling the difficult situations we face in life, is counter-intuitive, and requires a deliberate choice to face those ‘enemies’ in our life with kindness. We all face enemies that might not just be the people we come across in life, but with Jesus as our helper, we can face whatever comes our way and see things with His eyes of compassion, allowing us to see the truth in others worlds and working to respond with generosity..
P – Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you that I can come to you and ask you to forgive me for the times that I have responded as per the ways of this world. I’m a definitely work in progress, but I’m so grateful that You don’t condemn or place shame on me for the times I mess up, but that You do just as You remind me to do here. You look on me with kindness and compassion, and respond with such lavish generosity. Your grace is amazing. Give me eyes to see this world, but especially the enemies I face, as You do. Amen