HELPING THE NEEDY
God’s instructions to us to help the needy are clear in Isaiah 58.
He mentions fasting to loosen the chains of injustice, to untie the cords of the yoke to set the oppressed free, share your food with the hungry, to provide the poor wanderer with shelter and to clothe the naked. Then comes a hard one, ‘and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.’ In today’s world there seems a bottomless pit of those in need hoping to be helped. One of the most important is the changes to family unity and relationship rejection. The Lord tells us, if we fulfill the above and call on him for help, he will answer and say, ‘Here am I’. In verse 11, ‘The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs’.
Then it talks of restoration and repair of walls, streets and dwellings to inherit the land. However, the world’s needs crying to be met are overwhelmingly demanding and increasing. Relationships break apart, the homelessness increases and poverty abounds. Families separate, some children have known only step-parents. Grandparents are kept from grandchildren for some obscure reason and pressure on parents to cope under stress is rife. It is apparent that not turning away from your own flesh and blood is a forgotten command and not happening in modern day times.
Yet, where relations are cared for and loved in a Christian environment there remains an honoring of the Lord’s guiding hand in obedience. In verse 13 it is written as part of the words. ‘ …and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord…’
Is this the key perhaps, ‘not going your own way, not doing as YOU please or speaking idle (untrue) words in empty arguments or lies? As Christians we can feed the needy by representing truth, justice, compassion and, as restorers and repairers of broken emotions toward healing of lives. Mostly through, and with, the love of Jesus.
Chapter 59 verse 2 says; ‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.’ Does that speak to the modern world of today? Does it speak to your heart?
MAY YOU BE BLESSED BY HIS TEACHING.