For those of us participating in the time of fasting for Ethiopian adoption, we’re in our second day today. Below is a section of the Bible I have found encouraging – it’s a reminder that fasting is not about self-denial but about caring for others. At first this Bible passage seems to be saying that fasting isn’t important, but as we read closely we see that it’s a passage explaining that God cares about our hearts and our actions. Those (like me) who are abstaining from food these 3 days can be directing our attention to the work that the LORD has in caring for His people. Much of our prayers are centered on these same concepts – releasing children in bondage to the care and love of families. I hope you find these words from the Prophet Isaiah as encouraging for you and they are to me.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’… you cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high…Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? “Is this not 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?... 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. Isaiah 58:3-10
-Brian Luwis, CEO