The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 58:8a
"Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;"
(God’s people had dared to complain that He had not been responsive
to their fasting observances, that He had ignored their ritualized fasts.
His clear response to them was that their abstention from food
was utterly meaningless because they continued to live sinful lives,
to oppress their fellowman, to deal harshly with them,
and to cheat them in order to gain for themselves.
He is not interested in what we can do for Him.
However, the Lord here is promising His people that when they engage
in the kind of true fast that should accompany refraining from food,
the kind of fast that includes treating others as they would have others treat them,
then a new day of dawning light would burst forth into their lives,
a blazing light that would penetrate and dispel the darkness,
a light that would dismiss the blackness of their own blindness and sin,
blindness and sin that had oppressed and burdened them,
and that He would then prosper them, heal them, and hear their prayers.
He is not interested in what we can do for Him, but through Him.
When we realize that true fasting is more than going without food,
that it is also aligning ourselves with the Lord and submitting to His purposes,
then He is will prosper us and cause us to be light in the darkness around us,
and He will minister His powerful provision of complete healing to us.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,

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