I return again and again to this passage – for conviction, for inspiration, for realignment, for truth. God’s people were worshipping him through fasting and rituals, but God asked for something deeper . . . for something harder.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to cloth them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear . . . If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land” (Isaiah 58:6-11).
God invites YOU to shine your light. To shine your light through good-news actions of mercy, through compassion, through justice. To shine your light through good-news words of truth, of grace, of the Cross, of the empty tomb, of freedom. The light of the world lives within you . . . and shines through you.
Thank you for joining me this month in our discussion of justice! If you want to explore this topic further, check out my new Flourishing Faith Bible study Shine Your Light. Along with justice, it digs into scriptural themes like service, evangelism, mercy, and compassion.
Next month, we’ll look at a theme close to my heart: Cherish Your Family.