Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Desires and Promises

There are things in this life that we desire very much. They are legitimate desires. They are more than desires on our part; they are promises on God’s part. Desires or promises, they are listed in a beautiful way in Isaiah 58:11,

“And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

There is a hitch to this promise of continual guidance and spiritual refreshment. It is an “iffy” promise. Here are the “ifs”.

“IF you take away from the midst of you the yoke (Slavery), the pointing of the finger (accusation), and speaking wickedness (vanity KJV, boasting), and IF you put yourself out for the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday” (verses 9, 10).

Earlier in the chapter we find that God will answer when we call, that our righteousness will go before us, His glory will come behind us and…

“Your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily” (verse 8).

How could we ask for more? It is a promise of exuberant life, some of that more abundance Jesus promised, light that breaks and health that springs! What are the conditions?

• Setting men free from evil
• Removing their heavy burdens
• Delivering men from oppression
• Feeding the hungry from own supply
• Bringing the poor and afflicted to our own house
• Clothing the naked
• Taking care of our own family
-verses 6 and 7

The promises are spiritual and physical but so are the conditions. If you are interested in the conditions that are not acceptable they are listed in verses 1-5.

(Taken from Day & Night, 2005)

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