Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To lose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Those words of Isaiah found in chapter 58 shed a great deal of light on the mision that our forefathers set down of these United States. Isnt' this what we are doing in Iraq? Just asking. It seems so to me. Isn't it what our church does when it reaches out to the oppressed of our cities, towns, villages, of our great country? Isn't it what we do when we take a stand for what is right and speak out against what is wrong?
Ah... then. Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry and He will say, "Here I am."
God's promise is not that we will have no hurts or sicknesses... His promise is that our healing will be speedy if we do His will, follow His commands and keep the Lord's Day Holy. God's will is clear. We are to be the downtrodden's champion. But, more importantly, we are to give God all the glory for what we do and what He gives. Amazing that He has always provided for His work. The Children of Israel were to ask the Egyptians for gold, silver, jewels, fine clothings and the Egyptians gave them everything they asked for. This is what the Lord's Tabernacle was made from. This provison was also what they made the gold calf from which was doubly evil because they took what God provided for Himself and made an idol, and worshipped it. At that time, God was swift with punishment. Today, He is longsuffering, desiring for no person to not have the opportunity to come to Him and be saved. Let us not give to idols--work, greed, play, foul desires, or inanimate objects which steal our affection for God--what belongs to God Almighty.
If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your gloom shall be as the noon day. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In... the Mouth of the LORD has spoken.
I believe God can do what He says He can do. I know that He has in my life. I praise His Holy Name, HaShem for strengthening my bones and for not only giving me water in a dry and thirsty land, but making me a spring of water which never fail in that dry and thirsty land. All I have to do is keep Him first. Is that hard? You betcha it's hard. Is it worth the struggle with my old self, the old man? Absolutely. God never fails, He always keeps His promises, and life with Him is far more wonderful because I do not have to do anything without Him. The Christian life is impossible to live without the strong arm of God, the Lion of Judah. No man can do it, no man can live up to that higher standard that being a child of God requires. This is why being a bond servant of His has so much freedom.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And the one hearing, let him say, Come! And the one thirsting, let him come; and the one desiring, let him take of the water of life freely.
The One Who testified to these things says, "Yes. I am coming quickly." Yes, come, Lord Jesus, come!
But, help me, Lord as I live this Christian life for I want most deeply for You to come and find my hands busy at Your work and my garments white, my first love burning brightly in my heart and I want to hear those words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
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