“I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame” (Job 29:15).
Do we seek opportunities to do good to those in need? Are we too busy to take time for the ones who depend upon us most? Good works and kindness toward the handicapped will not be noticed as something great, nor will we be become famous because we do them. Nevertheless, He who sees all will see our hearts and our love toward his poor.
Job said he was eyes to the blind, an exceedingly beautiful expression, whose meaning is obvious. He became their counselor and guide. He also says he was feet to the lame. He assisted them, and became their benefactor””doing for them, in providing support, as much as they would have done for themselves if they had been in sound health. What a beautiful heart Job showed to the needy.
Under the Old Testament Law, men were cursed if they caused the less fortunate to have more trouble than usual (Deut 27:18-19; Lev 19:14). King Solomon wrote, “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Pro 31:9). The Holy Spirit through the writer of Hebrews says, “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” (Heb 12:12-13).
Jesus is the supreme example of compassion and mercy for the deaf, blind, lame and the poor who came to him for healing (Mat 15:30-31; Mat 21:14; Luke 7:22). One such account is found in John 9:1-7. The tradition of the people then (as in Job”™s time) was that someone had to have committed a sin for that man to have been born blind. Jesus said it was not so and that neither that man nor his parents sinned to cause such a handicap. It was that the works of God might be made manifest in him.
Even today the lame, deaf mute and blind people are despised, and only those who love the Creator of all souls will have mercy on them. Jesus tells us we are to invite these people to our homes when we have a “feast,” knowing they cannot invite us again (Luke 14:13-14). We, as His servants, ought to show our love and compassion by being eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt 5:7).
“For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment” (James 2:13).