learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
Learn, seek, correct, bring, plead: These are all action verbs and they are actions God is expecting us to take. We live in a nation addicted to communication. According to 2014 statistics there are 327,577,529 cell phones in the United States. Yet in this same nation we are abandoning the widows (and widowers) at an alarming pace. As a volunteer chaplain in a nursing home I am often asked to pray that some family member will come or even call. Though there are many families working hard to keep in touch with their loved ones once they have been placed in long-term nursing care, the studies show that 60% never receive a single visit over the space of an entire year.
From the times of Isaiah till today the ease at which we forget what truly matters to God’s heart remains unchanged. His nation was busy going about its religious festivals, continuing to go to the places of worship and giving great shows of their devotion to God. But God’s response to their outward show was that He was not interested in showing up for their meetings or even listening to their prayers, because they were so focused on themselves that they had forgotten to hear the cries of the abandoned, the groans of the suffering and the loneliness of the widows.
Think of your own small town or city and ask yourself, “what can I do to obey the heart of God right here?”
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