Wednesday, December 12, 2012
“Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here I am.”
(Isaiah 58:6-9, NIV)
The Bible, God’s Word and instruction for our lives, has a lot to say about how Christ-followers are to respond to the injustices in our fallen world. One definition of the word “injustice” is “inequity.” Life is not equal for everyone, and yet the passage above says we are work to change that. We are commanded to share food, shelter, and clothing with others. God promises that He sees how we respond to the needs of others, and if we are found treating others with dignity and respect, we will be a light for Him.
Prayer focus – We receive a lot of calls for help this time of the year from non-profits around our community. I wish I could send financial help to all of them, but that is simply not possible. However, I can help one or two individuals, families, or organizations. How can you share your personal resources – your physical blessings – with someone else this week? As we look to Saturday, pray that we will be led to several specific physical needs that we can meet as individuals and as a church.