Day 10 – 2017 Fasting (Wednesday)

On January 18th, 2017, posted in: 21 Day Fast 2017, Devotionals by | 3 Comments

Just recently I heard a story of a man who, in attempt to beat a red light, went through an intersection and caused major fatalities. He survived, but unfortunately some of those he collided with did not. Where was he headed? He was simply headed to meet some friends and engage in one of their favorite hobbies. In a rush to have fun, his life changed forever. Although this story moves me to pray for both, him and all the families affected by the accident, it also moves me to think about the speed in which many of us do things.  Could it be that in rushing through life, we miss being the hands, feet, ears, mouth and eyes of Jesus Christ?

I wonder if the priest and the Levite in the story of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:30-37) were also in a rush to get somewhere? So much so that they turned to the other side while a Jewish man lay by the roadside naked, beaten, and half dead. Could it be that we too are guilty of turning our faces to the other side?

As we continue this fast, we may not often come across people who have been physically beaten, stripped and left for dead. But how often do we pass people who have been beaten by life’s issues, stripped of familial and economic connections and left as outcasts? Look at how Isaiah 58 presents Fasting: “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.  Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

Can I challenge you to slow down during this fast and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to be the hands, feet, eats, mouth or eyes of Jesus Christ.

Let us fast and pray that like the Good Samaritan, we too would be inclined to stop and help heal the wounds of those who are hurting. They may be at your job, among your relatives or even in your own home. Who knows, they may even be sitting on a chair at the church.  It may cost you time, talent and money, but in slowing down to serve, you touch the heart of God.

Here’s an article for further reading dealing with reaching hurting people: http://www.alsotouch.com/devotional-4/

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Deut. 15:11, Prov. 19:17, Isaiah, 1:16-17, Rom. 12:15, Galatians 5:22Eph. 4:28

Reaching the hurting with you,

Pastor Charles

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3 Responses to “Day 10 – 2017 Fasting (Wednesday)”

  • Lisa Hillegas says:

    Thank you Holy Spirit for your reminder to slow down, to be available. That we don’t need degrees to help a hurting soul.
    All we need is you and a compassionate heart♡♡♡

  • Jessica Colmenares says:

    Thank you Lord for reminding us to be attentive & sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we slow down to be the hands & feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Monica says:

    WOW. Thank you God for this word. I lived my whole life rushing. Fast pace so I could do everything. Then in 2016, God forced me to learn to slow down. It’s a challenge to change what you are used to. I do enjoy life and others more because I slow down. I definitely see the world differently.

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