Today’s devotion for today is based on Isaiah 58:7, “Share your food with the hungry and … provide the poor wanderer with shelter … clothe him, and [do not] turn away from your own flesh and blood.”
In today’s reading, God reveals through the prophet Isaiah that he is most pleased when we love and serve those in need. God doesn’t leave us guessing who these people are. He names them. They are the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the unclothed. When we love and serve these people, we please him.
God also reminds us that we are not to neglect our flesh and blood as we care for those in need. These are among the very people he has called us to love and serve. However, loving and serving our family members can be more challenging than loving and serving someone we have just met.
Ultimately it is Christ who will repair the brokenness of the world. Only he can quench the world’s thirst; only he can shine light into our darkness; only he can bring order to our chaos. But he invites us to participate in this restoration process, starting with the poor, the hungry, and our own families.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you that you will make all things new. Equip us to be your hands and feet in this world, especially among those you have called us to serve. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.