Ecclesiastes 1:18: “For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.”
James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
We’re looking at two verses today. The first verse is similar to an “if – then” statement. If we learn about the world around us, then we will feel sorrow because there are people who live in such harsh and sad realities. Poverty, human trafficking, injustice…the list goes on. But, is it enough to simply feel sad?
The answer is no, we can’t just “be sad.” We have to do something with that emotion. Sadness leads to compassion. Our compassion leads to action. That’s where the second verse comes in. James 1:27 only mentions two types of compassionate action: caring for orphans and widows. However, this verse is a call to action for all followers of Christ. It tells us what to do with our sadness. We are called to do more than just feel sorrow for those who are in distress. There are so many ministries we can partner with to make a difference. They are already paving the way and you can join their redemptive work. Reflect on the issues that bring you sorrow and ask God to show you how to get involved in His kingdom work. Start small and then see what God will do!