What Can We Do?
by Chris Sitter
"If thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy House!" Isaiah 58:7b
This verse has been on my heart all morning. With the 10's of 1,000's of homeless Americans that have been "Cast Out" by Hurricane Katrina, and the terrible conditions in and around New Orleans, the question is...what will we, the church of Jesus Christ, in America, DO about this problem.
This famous passage, Isaiah 58:5-12, contains a list of amazing and precious promises, for those who will "draw out their soul to the hungry", and "satisfy the afflicted soul".
This is one of the greatest opportunities for American Christians to please God in this area. James 1:27 tells us, that "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
Right now, on our own American soil, we have a whole bunch of "fatherless", "widows" and other poor and needy folks, who, along with our Father in Heaven, are waiting to see what we will
May the Lord God Almighty, guide us in how each of us should help, and soften our hearts, and help us to be pleasing in His sight, regarding how we respond in the days and weeks ahead. In Jesus Name, Amen.
In keeping with the title of this article, we have included this awesome passage of scripture below. If you look closely, you will note that verse 7 is a condition, regarding our caring for the poor, the hungry and the homeless. Verses 8 and 9 are awesome blessings for doing verse 7. Then, verse 10 part A, is another condition, and verse 10 part b, through verses 11 and 12 are filled with more absolutely amazing blessings for responding correctly.
Folks, I believe we have an opportunity during these next few weeks, to provide a great number of confused, hurting, miserable and in many cases hopeless Americans...God's mercy and His love. Who knows how many people will come to the Lord Jesus Christ, because of our compassion... remember, it is "the Goodness of God" that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4) How many of these Americans will find the Savior, for eternity, because of our response?
"5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in."
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