I’ve been so heartened to see the response of the Church in the midst of so much devastation – wildfires in the West, Harvey here in Houston, Irma in the East, not to mention floods across South Asia, the earthquake in Mexico….. I read Isaiah 58 this morning. Verses 9 – 12 convicted me deeply, but gave me such hope for what God is doing and what can become of His people in circumstances like these. Hopefully, this scripture will encourage you as well.
Isaiah 58: 9-12 (NIV) Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: ‘Here am I.’ If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and 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 and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.