Day 14

Day Fourteen:  Meeting the Needs of Others

Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood.” Isaiah 58:7 AMP

God continues to explain the fast that He prefers, and, once again, these matters deal with actions that come from our hearts.
As these verses indicate, providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, clothing for those in need, and providing for our own family members is very important to God.

Ask yourself these questions:
  • What have I done lately to help provide food or clothing to those who need it?
  • Is there anyone in my family that has needed my help?

There is a saying people sometimes use to justify their lack of compassion:  “They made their bed.  Now, let them lie in it.”
Jesus used a few simple words to help us understand how to treat others, “He who is without sin, let him first cast a stone…”. (John 8:7)
Perhaps our actions haven’t led us down as difficult a path as others, but we certainly aren’t perfect ourselves.
Instead of judging how others arrived at places in their lives, let us help them get to a better place.

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anyone whom you need to have more compassion for.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit if there is anyone or any group of people you need to help today.
And be sure to look in your own family as a place to begin helping others.

This verse is at the heart of why we established the food pantry. Perhaps you may consider serving there to help your community as well.

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