God really require of you? Isaiah
58 can be divided into 3 parts. Part 1, verses 1-5,
is a description of what fasting is not supposed to be. Part
2, verses 6-10,
is what really pleases God. Part 3, verses 11-14
is about God's promises when one is faithful and obedient.
fasting is not to be:
is not for show. Jesus is Matthew 6:16-18 shares the do's and
don't of fasting. Do not look gloomy or disfigure your face. It
is not a way of leveraging God. To do these things becomes a
fall into the trap of 'Doing' rather than 'Being'.
pleases God :
the bonds of wickedness. To undo the yoke of the
oppressed. Help the poor with essentials of life such as food
clothing and shelter.
involves you being active, no middle man.
today's setting we should keep our eyes open to help those hurting
from Covid-19. However, discern the Spirit before you hop on
board just any opportunity that 'seems' good.
continually guide. You will be like a watered garden.
the Sabbath, which means turning from your own pleasures, delights the
Lord. The results will bring blessings.
what does God really require of you?
6:8 (CEV) - The Lord God has told us what is right and what he
demands: "See that justice is done, let mercy be your first
concern, and humbly obey your God."