God’s grace be with us and fulfill all of His good intentions for us and for a sin torn world.
Isaiah reminds us what kind of fast the LORD chooses:
6 “ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
7 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?
8 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.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
Our fasting well leads to blessed lives to service of those in need.
“ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 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.
12 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.
Our fasting is designed to break the yoke of prideful arrogance and keep us from being instruments of deadly sin. The world waits for the ennobled, new race of peaceful warriors to boldly take their place in the world. The old waste places and the impoverished people dwelling in them are watching for us. Razed foundations are waiting to be raised again.
May the Lord bless our fasting intentions this day for His sake and ours,