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Darkness Bright as Noon

When the season of fall comes around, we turn the clocks back and it gets dark very early. My dog is afraid of the dark so if I work late it means that he will be in a panic as we take our nightly walk. It can get so dark even at only five o’clock in the evening.

Today we live in a fairly dark world but we are told to shine the light. In Isaiah it gives us a way to shine the light. Feed the hungry. Help people who are in trouble. When we do this, Isaiah wrote that the darkness will be as bright as noon. Noontime is when the sun is the brightest. Are you following me here?

Feed the hungry. Help those in trouble. Have you done that lately? The world is a dark place and we are told to shine the light. It really isn’t a difficult thing to do though we might perceive it to be complicated. In reality, feed one person who is hungry. See what happens. You aren’t told to feed an entire continent on your own. Remember you have Jesus. Remember that you have the Light. Now shine!

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” – Isaiah 58:10 [NLT]

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Do You Wash Your Hands?

Do you wash your hands? It is a strange question for me to ask. Most people would think that I was making a suggestion about your hygiene; however, I am not talking about washing your hands as part of a routine for good hygiene. In Matthew 27, when Jesus was standing before Pilate, there was a great push for His crucifixion. Pilate did not want anything to do with what was to come, and so he washed his hands before the crowd and claimed his innocence in the matter.

If we turn a few chapters back in Matthew, we read about judgment. We do not like to discuss judgment, but Jesus painted a clear picture. He gave us an important image, “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” (Matthew 25:42-43 NASB).

When I ask if you wash your hands, I am referring to helping your fellow brothers and sisters. Do you wash your hands and move along, ignoring reality, ignoring the needs of others? Or do you help to take care of the needs around you? Jesus said if we feed a person who is hungry, it is as if we are feeding Him. If we clothe someone who is without clothing, it is as if we are providing Him with clothing.

Helping others does not always take some overabundance of finances and belongings. People who have so little are like the widow who gave so much– providing for the needs around them without concern for letting go of something. I have seen people who do not have a large savings help to buy food and clothing for another family. I have seen families barely getting by invite others into their homes for dinner. I have seen people barely scraping by provide for the needs of others.

So I ask you today, do you wash your hands? Do you say that it’s not your problem and you won’t be bothered by it? Or do you pull up your sleeves and see what you can do for others? What you can do for Jesus?

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
– Acts 20:35 [ESV]