What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor declares the Lord Almighty?….(Isaiah 3:15)
God cares deeply for the poor and oppressed among us. We see His divine care for them all throughout the pages of Scripture. His love for them never stops and neither should ours. If I’m being honest I haven’t always loved the oppressed. Sure, I wasn’t the kind of person who was heaping down more oppression on them, but I wasn’t doing much to help them either. When I did help, I felt pretty good about myself, or maybe worse, my heart felt disconnected from them. It was more about service to the Lord than it was about seeing them as a human being.
This is what Jesus does though. He sees them as human beings made in His divine image with purpose. If I’m being honest, I often times saw the oppressed with all their flaws and baggage. I’m finally starting to see them for who they can be instead of who they once were.
The writer of Isaiah questions the nation of Israel for their treatment of others. He gives a picture of them crushing people and grinding their faces. It seems as though he’s saying, “Why are you ignoring them? Why are you not choosing to see them as people made in my image?” Friend, who are you neglecting to see and I mean really see. I’ve still got a long ways to go in all of this. My natural bent is to see the flaws in people before I see their potential. Oh Lord, help me see them and not grind their faces down because they don’t meet my expectations of them!
Father, I want to see people like you see people. I want to love and care for them like Jesus does. Oh Lord, change me, I ask, in Christ’s name, Amen.