Devo Walking in faith Part 32
Isaiah 58:1-6 (NIV)
58 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
We are going to spend a little time in this chapter. There is a lot to learn. God calls us to a fasted life not a moment in time. We are to die to the things of this life and walk with Him. Now don’t misunderstand me. God created all things for our enjoyment, but we are not to be engrossed in them. God wants us to enjoy them, but we do so His way not ours. Just an example. God created sex for man and woman to enjoy and for our pleasure. It is because of the world’s perversion of it that we forget this. God shows us that for us to enjoy sex to the fullest we must follow the guidelines he lays out for us in His word.. A fasted life lives by God’s guidelines. It stays within God’s boundaries. When I was a child we had a fence around our school playground. Those who stayed in the fence were safe from what was outside the fence. One day one of the kids went onto the other side of the fence and was hit by a car, another time one was kidnapped, and other things happened. The school was not being mean or holding us back from enjoying life by putting up the fence. They cared about us and wanted us to enjoy the playground. A fasted life stays in the fence. It turns it’s back on the things of the world and does God’s will. It is not oppressive but sets the captive free to live not die. We are called to lose the chains of injustices and bring others inside the hedge of God’s protection.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane