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Isaiah 58

by Ria

I read thru Isaiah 58 this morning and the particular bible I read also had a devotional for that particular chapter, specifically v. 1-14. It speaks of serving God thru serving others despite of the challenges it presents at times. Pastor spoke of being in a “rut” at the meeting yesterday and as well during devotions at practice and I think we all have experienced being in a rut, or maybe we’re in a rut now, but i think this passage encourages us to press on–even suggestions on how to focus on others. It reminds us that when we align ourselves with God’s will, a sense of joy in serving will rise and overcome the rut that’s dragging us down.

A perfect example would be the SF food bank event last week–it was inspiring to listen to those who work there speak of the purpose of the food bank and to be able to help hundreds of unknown faces, while getting to know members of the congregation I normally don’t get to spend much time with because of our responsibilities on weekends was really awesome, for a lack of a better word. It did something to my spirt that no amount of pleasing my own desires could ever do. Anyway, back to Isaiah, I particularly appreciated the following verses:

If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

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