Isaiah 58:6 Is this not the fast that I have chosen; To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
To loose, to undo, to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke are synonyms of genuine righteousness. (Read Ezekiel 18:16-18). Yoke is a metaphor for social oppression.
When you think of fasting, what usually comes to mind? For me, I think of giving things up-fasting from eating, entertainment, etc. Notice that through the prophet Isaiah, God describes a different type of fasting.
The fasting God described is not about abstaining, it’s about taking action: loose, undo, free, break. Instead of stopping something in our own lives, Isaiah called us to start something on behalf of others.
You and I are called to look beyond our own needs, and to instead go help those who are bound by sin, burdened by life, and oppressed.
To fast in the way the Lord described in Isaiah, we need to look around ourselves to find those who need someone to act on his or her behalf, those who cannot act for themselves. In this hurting world, those who are burdened and oppressed are all too easy to find if we make the effort to look.
FOR WHOM WILL YOU FAST TODAY?
Heavenly Father, may I make a difference for others in Your name.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation, Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries