Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58

1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the house 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.

Our fast this weekend is about raising money and awareness for world hunger, but it is also about our relationships with God. I am treating it as if it were a rallying cry: a call to return to the Lord. For the whole weekend I am teaching out of Isaiah 58 and I have been reading it often in preparation. These opening 2 verses just won’t leave me alone.

“They seek me out as if they were a nation that does what is right.”

Are there any more condemning truthful words about our culture today, even our church culture, maybe especially our church culture. Are there any more condemning words about my own life? How many times have I sought after God while at the same time seeking after myself? How many times have I spent my time satisfying my own desires my own hungers my own apathy just to pray and ask God to do something remarkable because I didn’t seek his face earlier.

I am praying for a true fast this weekend, not just an abstaining of foods, but a true fast of the heart, for my students of course, but for me as well.

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