Daily Devotion – November 24, 2017

Matthew 25:34-36

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Reflection by Duke Yaguchi

This parable without the lines that follow is a puzzle. When was the king hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison? In fact this scripture sounds like it is written the opposite of what it should be. Shouldn’t the king come to the aid of his subjects? And if Jesus is speaking of God, shouldn’t God be helping those in need?

In tomorrow’s devotion, we’ll get to the meaning of today’s scripture. For now though, assuming this scripture isn’t worded wrong, what are we to guess as to its meaning? Maybe God isn’t all powerful. Maybe there are times when God needs our help. And when God needs our help, we should help in an appropriate way to meet God’s need.


Dear Lord, open my eyes so that I might see you in times of distress. Help me help You in ways that are truly helpful. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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