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Posted: September 29
Isaiah 58 6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. 7 Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help... 10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." I made the mistake of Googling "homelessness" after reading Isaiah 58 this morning. It seems we have become preoccupied with our own well-being to the point of completely disregarding God's call to feed, clothe, protect, provide and care for the homeless, the broken and the oppressed. It was a mistake because I became immediately convicted of my own selfish desires and pursuits. It's not enough to pray a prayer, to "accept Jesus" (as if He needs our acceptance), or to attend church on a regular basis. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians that if we are in Christ, we are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come. How, then, can we keep on living the way we always have if we are under the influence and the conviction of the Holy Spirit? As you continue to Search for God (remember, He's right there, hiding in plain sight!) take some time to read through the Gospels. Jesus gives us explicit directions for the way we ought to live as Christians in this fallen world. May you be encouraged and compelled by the words of Isaiah today!