Saturday night was alumni banquet for my small hometown high school. My husband and I attended the banquet while our four children stayed home. We left Lauren, our 16-year-old daughter, in charge (to a degree) of her three younger brothers.
As the banquet ended, my husband received a text from Lauren concerning her youngest brother, Biscuit.
Here is the conversation:
Biscuit: "Lauren, get me some water."
Lauren: "Not right now."
Biscuit: "The Bible says if someone is thirsty to give them a drink."
Lauren: "I'm busy. I'm not going to get it right now."
Biscuit: "Well, that's what the Bible says!"
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
The Bible does say to help those in need - to provide them with food and water.....even if it's an enemy. I would say that Biscuit had a valid point, wouldn't you? Even if, at that point, Lauren viewed her little brother as an enemy, she still needed to help him, right? Apparently so!
We've just had the season of Thanksgiving. Now we've moved on to include the season of giving. Christmas time is filled with gifts of all kinds. But Jesus taught us about giving like no one else could do because he gave His life for us, so that we might live with Him in eternity.
So, in this season of giving, think of how you might be able to help others.
Think of ways you can show the love of Jesus by providing for the needs of others.
Maybe it's by giving them money.
Maybe it's giving clothes, food, or shelter in some way.
But, just maybe, it's by giving them a drink of water.
I'm pretty sure Biscuit finally got his drink of water because when we got home, he never mentioned being thirsty. Apparently his needs had been taken care of by his sister. People all over the world are needing something. They are searching for something. Maybe they are waiting for us to meet their needs.
Maybe they are waiting for us to give them a drink of water.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.