PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
22

Feed Your Enemies

Richard Waialeale

Scripture
Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV)
7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

Jeremiah 29:10 (NIV)
10 This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.

Observation
One of the many recognized scriptures in the Bible is one that NH uses as our core scriptures (Jeremiah 29:11-13). But before this passage comes the context in which these promises were given. In a letter written to the people, God instructs the people to pray for their enemies and by doing so they would be submitting to God’s will. Often it’s in the dark times, when we’re in a crisis we start seeking God. But whatever get’s us to the foot of the Lord, we will find Him when we seek Him with all our hearts. If God says to pray for our enemies, then we should submit and pray for our enemies. If God says, if our enemies are hungry and we should feed them, then perhaps we should feed our enemies.
Application
There's an example of a story that told about a family of four, a husband and wife & 2 boys ages 7 and 10.
And they came across a puzzling verse their family Bible study the verse, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him" (Romans 12:20 RSV). 

The two boys, said, "Why should you feed your enemy?" Nobody seemed to know the answer and so the husband simply said "We’re supposed to because God says so."
Well – Anyway – One Day,
The 10 year old, John Jr. came home from school complaining about a classmate who sat behind him in 5th grade. "Bob keeps jabbing me when their teacher, Miss Smith, wasn’t looking.“

The mother got so upset – she was ready to go down to the school and jab Bob herself.
Obviously the boy was a brat.
Besides, why wasn’t that teacher doing a better job with her kids?

The mother was still fuming over this injustice to John Jr. when their 7 year old brother spoke up: "Maybe he should feed his enemy." Everybody stopped and looked in shock!
None of them was sure about this "enemy" business. It didn’t seem that an enemy would be in the 5th grade. 
They all looked at the father and since he was the head of the family, the only answer he could offer was the same one he had give before: "I guess we should because God said so."
"Well, If you’re going to feed him, you may as well get something he likes." "Jelly beans," he almost shouted, "Bob just loves jelly beans."
So they bought a bag of jelly beans, to take to school the next day, and decided that the next time Bob jabbed John Jr., John was simply to turn around and deposit the bag on his "enemy’s" desk.
We would see whether or not this enemy feeding worked.
The next afternoon, the boys rushed home from the school, and they both were yelling, "It worked, Mom! It worked." The mother asked, “what did he say?”
"He was so surprised he didn’t say anything - he just took the jelly beans. And Bob didn’t jab John Jr. the rest of the day!" In time, John Jr. and Bob became the best of friends - all because of a little bag of Jelly Beans.
Both the two boys subsequently became missionaries on foreign fields. Their way of showing friendship with any "enemies" of the faith was to invite the inhabitants of those countries into their own homes to share a meal with them. They Fed Them.
It seems "enemies" are always hungry. Maybe that’s why God said to feed them.

Someone once said, "Feed your faith, and your doubts will starve to death."

Prayer
Lord Jesus I pray, whether it’s praying for our enemies or feeding them because their hungry, the point is to submit to the teachings and will of Your ways. Thank you for showing me the Godly love for those that are the most difficult to love. Help me Lord I pray to love my enemies and pray for them even when I don’t have too or want too - In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.


Devotions for August 22

Jeremiah 28,29,30
1 John 3

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