In the midst of all that has happened in our world since Covid and later the racial injustice surrounding us, the Lord has continually brought me back to this passage. Isaiah 58.
Not that there is a simple answer, because there isn’t, but WITH ALL MY HEART I do feel the solution to the injustice around us will be found in a fast.
God promises us (and He is a promise keeper) that FASTING :
- Loosens the chains of injustice
- Loosen the bands of wickedness (KJV)
- Undoes heavy burdens (KJV)
- Unties the corks of the yoke (oppression)
- Sets the oppressed free
- Breaks “every” yoke
- Causes light to break forth
- Causes healing to appear “quickly”
- Righteousness will go before us
- The Glory of the Lord will QUICKLY appear
- The Lord will answer us
- He responds to our prayers, “Here I am”
- Our light (HIS LIGHT) will rise in the darkness
- Night will become like noonday
- The Lord will guide us always
- God will satisfy our needs
- God will strengthen us
- We will be like a “well-watered garden”
- We will rebuild “ancient ruins”
- We will raise up age-old foundations
- We will be known as the “Repairer of Broken Walls”
- We will be known as the “Restorer of Streets”
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. 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.
In light of racial injustice, I can not imagine a more poignant Scripture. In light of an upcoming election, in light of a National Pandemic — this passage.
In light of the tension in your home, the hurt in your marriage, your broken heart because of your prodigal child…. I can not imagine a more poignant Scripture.
The question is not…. “What is the answer?”
The question is…. “Who will fast?”
Today I say, “Here I am Lord. I will.”
I will fast for our broken world. I will fast over our broken community. I will fast over the heavy yoke of my own repetitive sin. I will fast over the uncertainty of our future. I will fast because my friend has cancer. I will fast because I don’t know what to do in a situation. I will fast because I want to be closer to the Father. I will fast because HE IS A PROMISE KEEPER.
Today…. what comes to mind when you read this? What area of your own life and the lives of those around you, needs “light to rise in the darkness?”
If you need more guidance on what this even means, this link on fasting is always my go-to.
I love you all…..