“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? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 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. 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.
The Bible is really clear about God’s heart for the poor and needy and what our role as believers is. There’s not much room for grey areas in this passage.
The Bible is clear that our lives should loose the chains of injustice, should set the oppressed free, should share their food, should clothe the naked, should provide the wanderer with shelter!
So the question becomes is this a reality in my life?
Take some time to ponder that today? Does this passage describe you?
If not, how can you become more reflective of this?