Today’s Scripture: But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, Luke 10:33

Imagine for a moment that you are beaten up by robbers on the road between Jericho and Jerusalem, and you are lying on the ground. Too weak to move, other than lifting your head, you see if anybody else is on the road.

As you are waiting for about an hour in indescribable pain, all you can see is the gravel road and a pool of blood right next to where your head is. You hear the birds chirping, the wind blowing, and mosquitos buzzing by your ear. When you look up, you can see birds circling high above the road.

Finally, a man comes in his full priestly attire. This man is headed to the temple in Jerusalem! Surely, he can at least bring you back to Jerusalem so you can get some help. You try to yell for help, but you can only utter a slight groan. You can clearly see he noticed you, but he quickly turns his head and pretends not to see you.

Your anger towards the man is all you can think about. As you are thinking about the hypocrisy of the priest, a Levite shows up.

This man at least responds to your groan and asks you if you are alright. You roll your eyes because you clearly are not alright. He explains how busy he is and how important his job is. He just leaves you there, but you hear him pray for you as he walks away.

You have now lost all hope that there is somebody who cares enough for a stranger to help you out. If this is how the religious leaders treat you, there is no way anybody is going to help.

Before you condemn the priest and the Levite, consider yourself. Are you guilty of seeing a need at your church and looking away, or are you so busy that you don’t have time to help another in need? If so, see what you can change, then determine to be a Good Samaritan.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.