Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-15
Most times our assessment of our fellow human beings is based on what we can see physically; external representations. We judge people most times by what they are and not necessarily by who they are, and if by our calculation, they do not measure up with the standards of assessment we have set we are tempted to look down on them. A writer tells us this,” Never look down on anyone because of their present situation. Sometimes the people you look down on today will be the ones you look up to tomorrow. When things are fine with you, don’t treat others like they are insignificant. A person who is down today can climb up triumphantly over adversities tomorrow. No one can predict the future… only God knows what tomorrow holds.” In 1 Samuel 16:7, Prophet Samuel almost made such a mistake, “But the Lord said to him, “Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.” The little Israelite girl brought about the healing of her master Naaman. Assuming they have dealt wickedly with this girl, would she not have overlooked the master and let him die. The truth is that the solution to Naaman’s health could never have been possible but for the intervention of the little Israelite girl. What if the little girl was been silenced through intimidation or suppression, would Naaman’s healing have been possible? Never look down on people, because if you do, you will not look up for help. Everybody is important. A young girl was so badly ill-treated by her mistress that she resolved to poison her food. The family was saved eventually because the little girl had to confess that a deadly substance was added to the food because her master wanted to share in the meal. An employer was also saved because of his kind disposition towards his employees; using his driver. They poisoned a drink and coerced the driver under oath to serve it to his boss. Being that there was nothing he could do, having sworn under oath, gave the drink to his boss. When he brought the drink he said to his boss: “This is the poison I have been asked to give you. “In our world today, people are assessed based on their tribe, religion and even social and economic standing. Certain people are disqualified not because they have been found unqualified by their performance but simple because of identity misconception. Beloved man accepts people based on external qualities but God depends on who the person is interiorly (interior values). St. Francis confessed, “If God can choose me a sinner, then he can choose anybody.” Let no man overrate himself but as St. Paul advised “Let us see others as better than ourselves” (Phil.2:3). If you have the interior disposition as St. Paul advised the Lord shall elevate you and crown you with importance and significance. By the merit of man’s fall, we do not deserve anything good from God. Therefore, dear citizen of the heavenly nationality, let us no longer look down on anyone based on some man-made standards, rather consider everyone as capable of being good and great. Arthur Helps concludes in these words: “Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.” And pride is the highest form of ignorance.
- Take a worship song as led.
- Father, forgive me for the many times I looked down on people and judged them using false standards.
- Pray for the grace to treat everyone kindly and justly irrespective of whom they are.
- Pray for those who because of wealth humiliate the poor that they will repent today.
- Pray for all Daily Strength Users that they may be humble people.
Exercise: Do not do anything that will bring about discrimination or humiliation to people.
Memory Verse: Acts 10:34-35.