He Will Supply Us
6 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?
7 Is 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?
8 Then 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.
9 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,
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
Isaiah 58: 6-12
This is one of my absolute favorite scriptures. I love how God connects our life of worship with the work of the Kingdom coming. The 'rear guard' is the supply source of a moving army. It protects the most vulnerable and the connection to home.
God invites us into a compassionate invasion and says don't worry about running out of blessings to share, and do not fear someone or something sneaking up on you. God promises to have His people's back. I hope that encourages you as much as it does me– whatever we are facing, whatever we have been through and whatever wounds and fears we have known, God is with us. He will supply us and protect us.
God plans to pour out His people in an arid land thirsty for hope, beauty and renewal.
When I have eyes to see, I can see ancient ruins rebuilt at University. When I have ears to hear, I can hear the bubbling up of a never failing spring in worship and the life of our community.