Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fast!


Day Twenty-Nine

Isaiah 58:6-8

“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? 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? 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.”

Well, He’s done it again, beloved. God has given us another beautiful day to thank Him and praise His goodness in our lives and the lives of those we love. I love these verses from Isaiah. A number of years ago, the Lord revealed something to me about these scriptures. He showed me that Jesus lived this fast. He came to walk it out in the flesh, leaving us the example, and then sacrificed Himself for our salvation so we would understand what real love is. Love isn’t just some gooey feeling we have for the Lord. It’s a far greater effort than that. Love is the action of sacrifice for others – starting with God. Love is giving without unrighteous judgment. Love is Jesus coming here to die for us, so that we might live for Him and do the will of His Father. Love is Jesus saying ‘yes’ to God, even when it cost Him His life. That is the purest fast of all. He didn’t consider His own needs, but chose instead to pour Himself out for those around Him, so that His Father in heaven could be glorified and receive back to Himself His own creation for eternity. That would include you and me, beloved. Well, we have the Example right before our eyes in these verses. Let’s get started…

You are so amazing to me, God! Thank You for sending Jesus to teach us the gift of sacrificial love through His pure and true fast. What a joy it is to belong to You. I understand that fasting isn’t about starving yourself. Rather, it’s about drawing nearer to You by serving You and others in humility and without consideration for my own flesh. The rest is up to You, and I know that Your promises are sure. I do love You, Lord. Help me find ways to show You today. In Jesus’ Name…

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