You must actively help the hungry and feed the oppressed. Then your light will dispel the darkness, and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. The Lord will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength,and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water. (Isaiah 58:10–11)
Living a fulfilled life is the desire of every human being. Many of us attempt to find life in the wrong way, in the wrong places, and in following the wrong pursuits. And the result is unhappiness.
The best antidote for fighting depression, anxiety, fear, and other negative emotions that can cripple us, is to discover what we have been designed for, and to use ourselves in conformance to our design. In some way it is important that we help meet the needs of other people, spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
We have been designed for eternity. God has a purpose for us, and we need to discover what that is as we cultivate our relationship with him. When we serve his purposes according to his plan, we place ourselves in a position to experience his favor and blessing.
In today’s passage, we see God desires that we help to meet the needs of others. We have the promise of his guidance and blessing: “A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides waterfor otherswill himself be satisfied” (Proverbs 11:25). I love the picture of being a well-watered garden and a spring with waters that never fail.
God alone is our Provider. He is waiting for us to share his provision with others.
Today, ask yourself:
In what ways am I using what God has blessed me with to serve his kingdom?