7Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:7, 8)
Hi Friends! I hope you had a great Tuesday. The verses above serve as an Old Testament reminder on how we should treat those in our society with the greatest needs. Even before Jesus came and preached this over and over, Prophets like Isaiah recognized that God requires us to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and clothe the poorest among us. Find practical ways to help out those in need. If you do not feel comfortable giving money to the countless people standing on various corners, make little food bags that you can drop off to them. I understand why many are reserved with giving constant hand outs to America’s growing “transient” population. I used to blindly donate whatever spare cash I had, realizing that if this person was desperate enough to stand on a corner for eight hours a day, surely they needed the five dollars in my wallet more than I did. I, unfortunately, have become very jaded in my dealings with the homeless population. Savannah has become a transient friendly city and within a few short years it has quickly backfired on the beautiful Hostess city.
To be honest, this post has been very challenging to write. I read verses like the ones above and know what is asked of me, and still I struggle to make the right choices everyday to help others. Making the right choices is what it boils down to in the end anyway. For those with the ability to help, the right choice is to help out as often as we can. For those who need the help, the right choice is to follow the steps to help lift them permanently out of such dire circumstances. As much as I pray for the homeless, the hungry and the poor, I really need to pray for my own soul and my own shortcomings. God please take away the hesitations of my heart when I see a person in need. Jesus, make me more like you. Jesus, help me to be pure and holy.
Reading plan: Colossians 1
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 57, 58