“Bible…bible… blahble….blah, blah, blah. That’s not what we need to offer hurting people. There’s a time and place for quoting Bible verses, but when people are in the depths of pain, they need one thing and only one thing: An expression of REAL LOVE.” Steve McVey, Author of Grace Walk, currently struggling with a debilitating illness that has the Doctors baffled.
We are all struggling with a mystery of one kind or another. Maybe we are hiding a crippling fear, an overwhelming sense of being alone or perhaps life just doesn’t make sense. There’s pain that people can see and then there’s issues of the heart.
Pain can leave you stripped, vulnerable, left for dead by the side of an unfamiliar road. Jesus told a story about this kind of pain, it’s a story as familiar as all those fairy tales about Goldilocks, The Seven Dwarves and the chicken who thought the world was going to end.
The Good Samaritan. All we know is that a guy got badly mugged and was left bleeding. A priest, a scholar and a politician all passed him by, even crossed the road to avoid him. Maybe they were late for important charity meetings, or for a lecture on “The Relevance Of God in Today’s Broken Society.” Whatever they were doing, they crossed the road and missed the point.
After all, it’s pointless to talk about helping people when you can do it just by crossing the street isn’t it? And how relevant can God ever be when we miss the whole point of God?
The Good Samaritan was an offbeat kind of guy, not one of us, not a pillar of society or the right man for the job. But he was in the right place at the right time and he, as alienated and outcast as he was, chose to help a man worse off than himself.
Jesus does not mention God in the story of the Good Samaritan. There is no evidence that this Samaritan preached at the wounded man, or left his number so that he could be thanked at a later date, he didn’t get a plaque to commemorate his kindness or a spot on the Evening News. This is a story of real love. Jesus doesn’t need to mention God, because my friend, God is love.
“The place for the comforter is not that of one who preaches, but of the comrade who says nothing, but prays to God about the matter. The biggest thing you can do for those who are suffering is not to talk platitudes, not to ask questions, but to get into contact with God, and the “greater works” will be done by prayer.” from Baffled to Fight Better by Oswald Chambers
God is love. Real help starts here.