Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | January 23, 2013

Then Your Recovery Will Come Quickly

Then your recovery will come quicklyIsaiah 58:8 says”  Then your light will appear like the dawn and recovery will come quickly, Your righteousness will go before you and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.”  As I read this I said, “Awesome!  God promises a quick recovery!”  But as I meditated on what each word said, I saw the little word at the beginning of the passage…THEN.…So of course I had to go back and see what happened before this to make recovery come quickly.  I noticed that God actually gives us a prescription in the form of a reprimand to the Israelites through the prophet Isaiah to find restoration.   

If we back up a chapter or so we see the people of Israel looking for God to help them.  On the surface they do  the “religious” things but are neglecting to give their heart to God.  In verses 6 -7 We get a clear picture of what He is looking for from those who follow Him then receive the supernatural peace of God.  Here are the 5 to do items that come right before the “THEN”.

  1. Break away from the things that tempt us and untie anything that ties us to them.  If you continue to do what you always have done, you will not recover.  An alcoholic can’t go to a bar to eat dinner every night.  Someone on a diet can’t have their fridge full of junk food.  The scripture reads:  “Isn’t this the fast I choose, to break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, to tear off every yoke?”   
  2. Feed the hungry.  While many things in the Bible are metaphoric  I believe this one means literally what it says.  People are starving, go through your pantry, buy a grocery gift card, give money to an organization that feeds people.  Help someone hungry to eat.  The feeling you get from this far surpasses anything you can experience with other things that are keeping you bound up.  The scripture reads: ” Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?”
  3. Help someone find a home that doesn’t have one.  It may be an animal or a stranger but  having no place to be sheltered was never God’s intent.  Even when the disciples followed Christ, they were told to find shelter with people along the way.  The scripture reads: “To bring the poor and homeless into your house.”
  4. Give someone some clothes or a coat.  Helping people stay warm and dry  shows love and mercy.  Clean out your closet and give a bunch away.  Cleaning out physically is representative of cleaning out spiritually and emotionally.  Remember the feeling of a new year at school with a clean desk and new pencils?  The scripture says” To clothe the naked when you see him.”
  5. Do something nice for your family or a friend.   This direction from God through Isaiah, is intended for those closest to you.   If you need recovery, you likely have been a challenge to those that love you so now is a great time to  right your wrongs. The scriptures reads:  “And not to ignore your own flesh and blood?”

Through God’s Word we find every direction we need to walk through our lives healthy and whole.  Showing love and mercy helps the giver and the receiver heal.

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