How do you react when you see someone standing near the freeway or on a street corner holding a sign? You’ve seen them, haven’t you? Some are hungry and will work for food. Others are in need and have children. What do you do?
Maybe you noticed the cigarettes or the cell phone in his hand and you think, I’m not giving him a dime!
Or maybe you remembered when you were going through a difficult time and someone reached out to you, so you stick your hand out the window with a little cash. It’s not much, you think. But at least it’s something.
Perhaps you drove past the man and his sign and hurried to a fast-food restaurant to order some sort of meal deal with a drink. You returned to him and handed over the bag and soda, immediately humbled when he thanks you.
Let me ask you this: Did you ask God what to do? Did you pray for wisdom? Or were you too busy making a judgment while hitting the gas to get away from the man and his sign because he made you uncomfortable?
God will tell you what to do if you ask Him. He’ll give you a nudge. He’ll whisper softly to your heart. He may even give you specifics, to buy the expensive and REAL burger for the man instead of the chicken sandwich because God knows he is anemic and needs iron. God may give you the very word, a spark of hope the man needs. He may even have you offer the eternal hope of salvation when you tell the man that Jesus Christ is not only your best friend but your Lord and Savior and maybe he’d like to get to know Him too.
Or God may tell you to keep driving but pray for the man. Perhaps it is for your own protection. Perhaps the man is dishonest and is not really in need. Or maybe the man has an addiction and one more dollar will be enough for his “just one more time” that could end his life.
Maybe God is telling you to keep driving so the man behind you in the pickup truck will be able to stop and share his testimony. Only God knows both of these men and their stories and how one can truly reach the other.
You may never know the reason why God tells you what to buy for the man in need, or what to say, or why you are to keep driving and pray for him. You don’t need to know the reason. You just need to listen to God.
Don’t doubt. Don’t question. And don’t listen to someone ridiculing you later, saying it was foolish and the man is just going to spend your money on drugs or beer, when God instructed you to give him cash.
You see, your part is to seek God and His wisdom and then obey. That is between God and you. That’s your part. What the man does with what you’ve given, what God has given him through you, that’s between God and him. You don’t need to fret or wonder if you did the right thing.
If you obeyed God, you did the right thing.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 NIV.)
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17 ESV.)