‘The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern’ Proverbs 29:7 (NIV)
The prophet Isaiah proclaimed the word of Yehovah: ‘Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke. Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Yehovah shall be your rear guard’ (Isaiah 58:6-8). What an incredible description of revival! Imagine the beautiful day when the light of the gospel rises in the darkness of this age, and the dim witness of believers becomes as brilliant as the sunshine in the middle of the day. Do believers get to that place by increasing prayer meetings, worship services or seeker-sensitive presentations? None of those are bad ideas, but if you read Isaiah?s words again, you will see that the good blessings of heaven come down to earth when you start to spend yourself on behalf of the hungry, and satisfying the needs of the oppressed. Where do you see the poor, where can you bring Yehovah’s light and life to others? Can you be a voice against injustice in the workplace? Can you reach out to a struggling mother at your school gate? Can you spend an hour a week at a hospice? Be where you can love others, and then your light will shine!