Dear Church Family,
Just reading today: Isaiah 58:6-12. Please read it when you have a moment.
I found these comments from the Spirit of Prophecy regarding this passage:
"All around us are afflicted souls. Let us search out these suffering ones, and speak a word in season to comfort their hearts. Here and there - everywhere - we shall find them. Let us ever be channels through which may flow to them the refreshing waters of compassion. To those who minister to the necessities of the hungry and afflicted, the promise is, "Then shall thy light rise in obscurity."
"Many are in obscurity. They have lost their bearings. They know not what course to pursue. Let the perplexed ones search out others who are in perplexity, and speak to them words of hope and encouragement. When they begin to do this work, the light of heaven will reveal to them the path that they should follow. By their words of consolation to the afflicted they themselves will be consoled. By helping others, they themselves will be helped out of their difficulties.
"Joy takes the place of sadness and gloom. The heart, filled with the Spirit of God, glows with warmth toward every fellow being. Every such an one is no longer in darkness; for his "darkness" is "as the noon day." E.G. White Manuscript 116, 1902.
I needed to read that. Sometimes I get so caught up in what's happening in my own life that I forget to look around to be a servant to others. Today if you are feeling down for any reason, look around you and see if there isn't anyone you can cheer up. We are promised that when we do that God will be right there to shine His glorious light on our own path also. We serve an awesome God - a wonderful, loving Father and He has filled His Word with all that we need in this life - if only we will partake of it!
I am longing for the coming of our Lord - I wonder if He is waiting on me to finish the work He has given to me to do? O, Lord, please open my eyes to see beyond myself, and to see the path You have placed before me - and give me courage and determination to follow that path. In the name of Your Dear Son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
God bless you all,