Rescue the perishing;
don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,”
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
Someone not impressed with weak excuses. Msg
11Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work? Proverbs 24:11-12 ESV
We inherently know that there is good and bad. I don’t think that this knowledge is just something we are taught, or conditioned by our environment to think this way. We all have a desire to know God personally. Sometimes we can’t figure that out. We fill the desire with stuff or achievements, always searching for the next thing. More, more, more! The only thing that will fill the void, the emptiness, is the love and presence of Jesus in our lives. Surrendering all to Him. Then, and only then can we be content. Sure, you can feel content at times, happy with our stuff and relationships. In reality, that false contentment bores a hole in your heart that is usually filled with regret.
The good news is that we don’t have to live with that regret. There is freedom in the truth. In Proverbs 24, we are warned though, that once we know the truth, we must follow the truth. Do not hesitate verse 11 says, to rescue the perishing. Do not ignore the the prompting of the Spirit to share the truth to those content in regret. When I truly surrender to Jesus, and trust in Him, allowing Him to change my heart, how can I watch any one perish in hell and not be troubled. My hope should be that none go on with out knowing Him. I can’t change someones heart, and I know I can’t save anyone, but I can build a relationship. I can share the truth. I can give a cup of water to someone in need. I will have to answer for my weak excuses, and that scares me almost as much as knowing that someone will die with that huge hole of regret in their heart that condemns them in eternity.
Running on fear seems so much easier than running on faith. Running on fear is paralyzing though, not running forward at all. Fear is running backwards to a comfort zone I have out grown. Moving forward in faith is much harder. To hear and trust the quiet whisper of God. Knowing the truth and stepping forward. Sometimes only knowing what that one next step is. One step at a time. That is the only way to close the hole of regret and to fill my heart with joy.
My prayer is that we all find in Him the courage to take the step. To trust when He nudges us that we see the opportunity to share our lives. One of these days I will be whole in my heart.