The Heart of God


Last Saturday Jen and the girls and I attended a benefit concert for Food for the Hungry and International Justice Mission at Messiah College. Five artists were involved and the evening was very focused and God-centered. It was a real blessing and a time of conviction for all of us that we need to be doing more to help the poor and needy and oppressed around us, not only in the world at large, but right here in our hometown.

A Scripture passage that was highlighted was one found in Isaiah 58. Here are verses 6-11 (bear with me, it’s a little long but well worth the read):

“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?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderers with shelter–when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

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.

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.”

Powerful words. Convicting words. Makes me ask the question: “What am I doing for the poor and oppressed, for the naked and hungry? Am I doing enough?”

God has a heart for the needy and it should be our prayer to have that same heart. To see as God sees and love as He loves. We are his eyes and mouth, hands and feet. What are we doing with them?

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Posted on October 7, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -There are many ways to reach out to the needy. Sometimes we get the idea if we throw some money at the situation that’s the answer to the problem. While that’s necessary, it’s not the whole answer. I believe the Lord wants us to be creative and personally involved. Here are a few suggestions to prime the idea pump: Offer your expertise – writing, administrative help, research. Teach a class on how to put together a resume, job interviewing skills. Mentor young people, mothers, and dads. So many have grown up without the benefit of someone to teach them basic life skills.Most of all, share the Gospel with others. Physical poverty is cruel, but can’t compare to the poverty of life apart from Jesus.Blessings,Susan 🙂

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  2. Oh, Mike! We attended a fund raiser for Harvest Evangelism lastnight, and your message is such a terrific scriptural way to capture our evening! My husband and I have been volunteers at the women’s rehab portion of the ministry for about a year and a half now, and it is so amazing to see what God is doing in the lives of people! It is not natural to love the needy – the unlovable, but I praise GOD that He has allowed us this opportunity to do what little we can!Thank you for this awesome scripture this morning!Kim

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  3. Mike, thank you for sharing about your experience from attending the AMJ Tour and your mention of IJM. We, at IJM, are so encouraged when others get inspired to share this calling to care for the poor with others. I want to recommend Gary Haugen’s (the President of IJM) new book Just Courage. I think you would really enjoy it.

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  4. Susan, thanks for the great idea about helping others with resumes and such.Kim, thanks for you comment. It is an awesome Scripture passage, isn’t it?Crissa, IJM seems like a wonderful organization, doing a work that is right from the heart of God.

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