Isaiah 58:3-9. ““But they also complain, ‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?’ “Well, here’s why: “The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit. You drive your employees much too hard. You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. You fast, but you swing a mean fist. The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground. Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility? To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, GOD, would like?
“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, GOD will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’”
It’s Ash Wednesday and thus Lent begins; a forty day period of fasting and devotion to God in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Growing up in an episcopal orthodox home, the significance of Lent was impressed us from an early age. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized knowing all about Lent was truly different from understanding it. The distinguishing factor is the practice of biblical principles instead of a worldly display of self.
Reading through today’s passage I wish I could say I tick all those boxes everyday. I don’t. I do however have a chance to try again everyday and this is the perfect time to start.
Think About This
What does Lent mean to me?
Dear Lord, May I seize this opportunity to live as You require. In Jesus name I pray.
My heartfelt gratitude to Eva Noonoo for keeping things running whilst I was under the weather.
God bless you all for the prayer support.