We are making tremendous progress through the Bible – 208 days, can y’all believe it? Let’s read Isaiah 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, and 63:1-14. Every day, try to find at least one (if not more) piece of truth that you can keep in your heart. What stands out to you today?
Fasting is such an important discipline – but the motive of our heart in fasting is even more important. I love Isaiah 58:
“I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again” (Isaiah 58:11-12 MSG)
While Jesus fulfills all of the law (and I certainly don’t mean to make one more important than another), fasting is one of the disciplines He clearly brings into our relationship of grace. So important – we’ll visit it again in the New Testament.
59:15-21, I love it – when God doesn’t see any person offering correction or help, He does it Himself – restoration restoration restoration. He loves His children and wants us in right standing. If you get a chance to read 63:7-9 in the Message, wow, it’s beautiful. Oh, let’s read it together now:
“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
His great goodness to the family of Israel—
He said, “Without question these are my people,
children who would never betray me.”
So He became their Savior.
In all their troubles,
He was troubled, too.
He didn’t send someone else to help them.
He did it himself, in person.
Out of His own love and pity
He redeemed them.
He rescued them and carried them along
for a long, long time” (Isaiah 63:7-9 MSG)
I want to always be overwhelmed by God’s compassion and love and grace. Even in the OT, He loved.