Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Isaiah 58:6-8 "Is not this 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 him,
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 righteous One will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard."
God's heart is for the underdog. He protects the widow and the orphan and has chosen the poor of this world to inherit His kingdom. In today's Scripture promise, God tells us that if we feed the hungry, give the poor shelter and clothe the naked, then His favor and His blessings will shine on all that we do.
The NLT version of Isaiah 58:8 says..."The your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind."
What a glorious promise! If we look after those who can't look after themselves, then God will look after us in every way possible. Our wounds will quickly heal, the light of our godliness will lead us forward and the glory of the Lord will protect our backs! God's heart is for the underdog. In every way, we too are underdogs that God protects and provides for. May we see the world through our Father's eyes today and see the many opportunities he presents to us so that we can be a blessing to others.
'Lord, help us today to see the needs around us and be a manifestation of Your love, life and provision to those who are in need. Thank You that as we help others. Your love and Your glory will keep us safe too.'
This message came from one of my Daily Promises that I receive in my email each day.
Most times, I need to take the focus off self, find the love that Jesus had for the poor and lonely, and put His love into action. His life was spent helping others and I should be doing the same thing in my life to be more like Him. My prayer is that I may reach out to others each day and bear fruit for the kingdom...to store up my treasures in heaven, for His glory...love my neighbor as myself. God, help me to see my brothers and sisters through Your eyes and be light and life to them, as You are light and life to me.