Tracy’s Thoughts Day 20
Lead Forward 🐾
Have you ever played pin the tail on the donkey? It’s the old game where there’s a paper donkey on the wall, blindfolded you’re spun around and the goal is to take the paper tail you have in your hand and place it on the appropriate spot on the donkey. Fun isn’t it…? Now, there are always a few of us who get so turned around they have to be steered on course, lest true trouble occurs and someone besides the donkey gets pined. Ouch!
Just like in the game, sometimes we have to be steered in the right direction and that is what I appreciate about Gods Word. I was reading today in Isaiah 58 they were fasting, but not for the right reasons. I can tell you this gal really likes food, on the other hand, my husband is not a “foodie” don’t get me wrong, the man likes to eat, but he doesn’t just relish in the taste of food like I do. Anybody say amen? If I’m going to fast I want it to count. The people back in Isaiah were making it solely a religious act; fasting to please themselves and The Lord was NOT impressed. Verse 6-7 tells us what kind of fasting He wants – “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” The Lord follows with a promise in verse 8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.”
Here’s my thought, it’s our godliness that leads us forward, but The Lords glory has our back. We never have to fear going on the wrong path when we are truly seeking God. It’s the Lord that will direct our path. It’s only when we start seeking praise from man, good ole pride rises up and then we have sinned. It’s not hard to see what’s in the middle of pride and sin – “i”.
Let’s take the blindfold or blinders off and let’s continue to be guided by godliness and receive all the blessings God has planned for us.
Let’s pray, Lord, sometimes when we read what you want from us we can get a bit overwhelmed, but I’m reminded we only have to do what you set before us. Let us not close our eyes to the needs of others but give us a willingness to do what we can. We love you and thank you for continually guiding us and restoring our strength. Amen
ps Finish reading the rest of the chapter – great stuff!