Thursday, June 23, 2016

Isaiah 58:10-11 -- On Drawing Out Our Souls

"And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
Isaiah 58:10-11

This sounds really cool.  To have our lights rise in obscurity, and our darkness be as the noonday, to be guided, to be satisfied even in drought, to be like a watered garden.  Great symbolism.  And to have our lives be like this, what do we need to do?  We need to draw our our souls to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted souls.  I think this means we need to help other people, right?  Both physically and spiritually, helping them when they are hungry, sick, sad, or lost... literally and figuratively.  So often we are caught up in our own problems and we don't see the difference that we could make for someone else.  I think that's what drawing out our souls means... pulling them out of our self-focused funk, and getting them out there to notice other people.

Today, let's be mindful of the people around us.  Let's see them and their needs, and if it is in our power, let's help them and make them happier, and better fed, and more at peace.  Whatever we can do... not only for them, which is worthy by itself, but also for the Lord who has asked us to. :)  It's just a bonus that he will help us abundantly in return. :)

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