BIBLE VERSE FOR MONDAY
Monday, March 19, 2018
GOD'S GOAL FOR FASTING
Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loose the chains of injustice..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?
Isaiah 58: 6-7
Through fasting, God gives us a glimpse of the hunger countless people experience on a daily basis and draws our attention to the unjust social systems and attitudes that keep people in poverty. Fasting creates empathy for the world in need and this spurs us into action.It places our focus on God, who alone is the one who provides for our needs, and orientates our hearts around the needs of others. God comes first, others second, and then ourselves. This is a simple but effective way of humbly reminding ourselves where we stand in this chain.
Fasting humbles us beyond mere identification with the needy and motivates us to do something about it.
Lord Jesus, thank You for this humbling reminder that all we have comes from You. Grant us a generous, compassionate heart that delights in sharing our blessings with others. Thank You Lord. Amen
Once in a while, I have gone to a restaurant for breakfast, and a encountered homeless person outside asking for spare change to get some food. I offered to take them in and buy them breakfast instead. Giving them money only, could mean additional money to put towards alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. A person who will accept my invitation and come in and let me buy him breakfast makes me feel good that I was able to help one of God's children in need. Some will turn my invitation down only wanting money.
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