This is the first post in what I hope is a weekly series of posts (to get me blogging). Thoughtful Thursdays!
During devotions this morning I was deeply effected by a verse. It’s Isaiah 58:10-11. For the past 4 months I have been slowly making my way through a book, tackling a few pages every day. It does not typically take me a long time to read through a book, this book meant to be read, digested and then acted on. It’s pretty intense and has been a huge influence for change. Which is good because the book is titled You Can Change. It’s one of the best books I have read.
I am nearing the last bit of the book and the author is talking about the Means Of Grace.
When talking about service, the author quoted Isaiah.
If you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:10-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
I love this so very much. As someone who struggles with selfishness, hearing these words fills me with hope.
What is God’s promise to us when we are gloomy, uncertain, disastisfied, weary or dry?
He will lift the gloom, guide our way, satisfy our desires, strengthen our bones, and water our hearts if we give ourselves in the service of the poor. God made us to love Him and love others.
We become the people we were meant to be by serving others. When we “pour ourselves out”, we find ourselves filled up. If we “satisfy the desires of he afflicted” God will “satisfy our desires in scorched places”.
– Tim Chester, You Can Change, page 145.
I think the Author sums this up better than I can. I would just add that it overwhelms me with gratitude and love that everything with God, even service, works out for our good. In serving others, I am made better. It’s the upside down principal at play. In suffering and in humility, I am transformed and built up. The weak are favored and in serving others I am who I was created to be. Reminds me of Every Good Endeavor by Timothy J. Keller