Verse of the Day Devotion: Isaiah 58:10
“And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.” – Isaiah 58:10
This verse compels us to show compassion on those who are hungry and has nothing to eat. This is the example expressed in this verse however, I would say that any of the three needs found in Matthew 6 are to be included. “For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25. In this verse, Jesus is telling His followers not to worry about food, drink and clothing. He will supply them for us. However, He often uses us to make it happen.
The idea here of giving yourself to the hungry is not simply to hand them food and then walk off. It is showing them compassion and letting them know you care. Often, this will be accepted more heartily than the food. Too many feels no one cares about them. We, as Christians, should show how much we care with both our words and our deeds. Take the time to comfort them while meeting their physical needs. And when we provide for those who have needs, our light will shine into their darkness. We can show the light of Christ into their darkness, and even their darkness will be as bright as the midday sun.
It is important to remember that mere words are not enough. James said that faith without works is dead. Look here at what he says, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled, and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” James 2:14-16 How does this meet their need? How does this show the love of Christ? It does not.
And when we do give to the needy, look what the writer of proverbs says, “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.” Proverbs 19:17. You will be repaid in this life, or the life to come. Of course, this should not be the reason we do it, it should be totally out of love for God and people. God never asks anything of us that He is not willing to give us more for our willingness to sacrifice.
And one more thing. Remember the parable of the sheep and the goats. Here is how Jesus put it. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You? Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:34-46.
For all He has done for us, should we not meet the needs of those we come across? He says if we do, it will be as if doing it for Him.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.