Deal thy bread to the hungry

WHAT if we shut up the bowels of our compassion towards those who suffer? What if with plenty in our hands, we think only of our own need, and our own comfort, and our schemes are shaped and burdened only and continually with our own cares and our own interests? What if we never help the heavy burdens under which so many around us are staggering to the grave? What if we practise a habit of absolute indifference to the yokes, and the oppressions and difficulties which are crushing to the earth our neighbours on every hand?

Is it not obvious that in that case, we are in the exact position of Israel, “delighting in Jehovah’s ways” after a fashion, but to no profit, because He takes no pleasure in us?

ROBERT ROBERTS, Seasons of Comfort, page 27.