6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. (Isaiah 58:6 – 10)
Today we commence our reflections on the Discipline of Fasting. As mentioned earlier this week, tomorrow we will fast together. Most of us will do a food fast but some may elect another kind of fast (e.g., social media). As always, you should take your health into account if you are considering a food fast.
As we focus on fasting, it is important to remember that our motivation matters. Fasting is not a magic wand that gets us what we want regardless of what we believe or do. Interestingly, our passage today makes a strong link between our attitude towards the world and God’s view of our fast.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the question below.
The passage above lists several actions that God points to as being consistent with the fast He has “chosen”. What is God’s prescription for our attitude towards the world?