We are to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
We are to bear one another’s burdens. We’re supposed to be nice and give things to people. Right?
Unfortunately, we can often step in and take care of other people’s burdens so well, the other people never learn to go to the Lord.
We all know the parable of the prodigal son who went and wasted his early inheritance with riotous living. Famine strikes the land and the prodigal son is out feeding pigs. Note this verse:
“And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.“
The very next verse says he begins to think of his dad and how he takes care of servants, surely he’ll take care of his son. So he goes to the Father and lives happily ever after.
Did you see it?
“No man gave unto him.”
What would have happened if some guy had stepped in and gave him a new job, a promise of food and shelter every day? Would he have returned to the father?
I think Satan steps in right at the spot many times for people. He puts something there to “fill the need,” even if only seemingly so. He puts stuff there to keep you from going to the Father.
I have often wondered, when it comes to loving people, how often love would keep something back.
Then again, I’m an idiot, and the odds of me choosing the right moment for that is slim to none. Our job is to love and give. If you see someone in need and have stuff to give and you don’t, you’re not in a good spot.
More than likely, if someone needs to hit rock bottom to run to God the Father, God will make sure no one is there. If someone is there, God the Father probably put them there for you to intervene with love. Do so.
But still, it is interesting, no one gave him anything so he went to the father. Perhaps there are times not to give. Think on it.