Monday: 11th March, 2019
Reference text: Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18
Leviticus 19:14 ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD
Regardless of the fortification and the apparent impregnability of a fortress, in times of war, all it took was an insider to reveal a weakness to the enemy and everything could come crumbling down. In our time, our fortification is in the fortresses of our personalities and our identities. While each of have weaknesses, whenever we can, we present a strong front to hide them because when they are discovered; we feel more vulnerable as it gives others an advantage over us.
Our reasons for doing so are often fairly simple: we live in a time when everyone seems to be in scrap fight to the top, a fight without laid down rules. Out the door have gone chivalry, charity and kindness to be replaced with indifference and a knack for taking advantage of the weaknesses of others. For many, as long as the way to the top affords the opportunity to step on the shoulders of others in their ascent, all is well.
The book of Leviticus mentions two situations to avoid: ‘cursing the deaf and placing a stumbling block in front of the blind’. These words from a dimension, can be taken literally because the actions afore-mentioned, are based on the premises: ‘they will not hear and they will not see’. Thus, the things which were meant to impact our decision to show goodness, have become focal points for attack.
Beloved, if each of us try so hard to mask our own weaknesses, why then do we consider the idea of taking advantage of the weaknesses of other? ‘Do unto others as you want done to you’ – don’t take advantage of the weaknesses others have since there may be a reason it was hidden from you in the first place.
Regardless, let us not be afraid to turn to God with our weaknesses because even with them, we remain precious to Him, He accepts us and works with us.