Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Common Bond

Life, more often than not, seems to be determined by “boundaries.” While many are set for us by others, we often set them for ourselves. These boundaries separate the rich from the poor, educated from uneducated: railroad tracks that separate the impoverished from those living in mansions, hippies from the elite. If there is some way to establish a boundary to make one group “better” or “different” or “weirder” than another group - someone, sooner than later, will discover it.
Fortunately for us, God has no favorites nor does He recognize any boundaries. “Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is Maker of them all,” wrote Solomon. The Hebrew word for “common” conveys the meaning that “everyone meets or stands together” before God - their Creator and Sustainer.
We each have our own particular way of looking at others. We tend to look at them through various lenses. Sometimes we “clump” them together and label them by color or class or creed. Even though we are advised not to “profile” anyone for any reason, we do it automatically even though we have been warned against doing so. Right or wrong, it is a convenient way to classify someone and “set them aside” or reach out to them.
No doubt the way we see and respond to others has developed over the years. It depends on our education and the experiences we have had in life, as well as the influence of our family and friends. We like people who are like us and avoid people who are different from us. But, thank God He is not like us! He will not reject any person for any reason. He is the “Maker” of us all and His Son, our Redeemer and Savior said, that “whoever believes in Me shall not perish but have eternal life!” The “whoever” includes each of us. Thank God He has no boundaries.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your love that includes everyone. Thank You for making Your love and salvation available to everyone. Thank You for being all inclusive. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 22:2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is Maker of them all. 

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