Which Are You?

The diseased have ye not strengthened neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye hound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Ezekiel 34:4

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Isaiah 35:3-4

There are two types of people contrasted in these verses.  Isaiah gives us the positive and Ezekiel gives us the negative.  The question for today is this: which are you?  Are one who “strengthens the weak, helps the feeble and encourages the fearful?”  Or are you one who has not done these things? 

These things are among the primary responsibilities of the Christian.  We have the greatest example of One who exemplified all of these ideals in the Lord Jesus Christ.  As the song says, “where He leads me, I will follow.” 

He wants us to strengthen the weak.  He wants us to encourage the fainthearted.  He wants us to help people.  Christians should be the most encouraging and helpful people in the world.  Jesus Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost.”  He came to bind up the broken.  He came to help us.  We should take that help to others.

The contrast in these passages is very clear.  Either we are helping people or we are not.  We are encouraging people or we are putting them down.  Everyone needs something.  Some are weak and need strengthened.  Some are broken and need healing.  Some are discouraged or burdened and need encouraged.  Let us follow the example of our Lord in this matter.  Let’s live in Isaiah 35 and not in Ezekiel 34.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you so much for confirming His word to our hearts today, to do as He has done to us. God bless you, Ben, and have a great weekend.


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