(1) “You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother. (2) And if he does not live near you and you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it. Then you shall restore it to him. (3) And you shall do the same with his donkey or with his garment, or with any lost thing of your brother’s, which he loses and you find; you may not ignore it. (4) You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.
Do we seek to be a part of restoration? We often focus on our relationship with the Father but we do have a role to help each other? If we see a brother or sister having a difficult time (for the sake of this article, “lost their way”) do we seek to help them? We could try to ask questions or see where the need is, but our motive is equally important.
To restore something to its owner implies we have no ownership of that which we have helped. Why would I bring this up in context of people? When we help someone we often have some type of expectation that we put on them. We could expect a certain action, or a specific behavior, or words of affirmation, etc. because of our intervention.
This causes us to look at one fact, if we are to restore to the owner which is not us, do we have the right to put our expectations on them?
To state another way, do we require someone to theologically, and doctrinally, agree with us in every point before we decide to help them? Do we think that when we offer help to someone that they must think and act exactly in accordance with my beliefs? Are we trying to restore them to the One they strayed from, or are we trying to make them our own?
We should always be seeking the heart and will of Yah. Our actions should be birthed out of love for Him and that which He created. When we encounter difficult times, we need to keep our eyes on the One who created us. Sometimes we need others to help us lift up our heads. If we are the one helping, make sure we don’t get in the way of those being helped so they can see the heart of our loving, heavenly Father.
Dr. David E Jones