Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? “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? 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 him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 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. 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, 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 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. ~ Isaiah 58: 1-12, NIV
These verses were written to ancient Israel, but they still pierce my heart. How often do I seek God, and seem eager to know Him, yet any sacrifice I do is done selfishly, quarreling, wanting only to be seen by men? Do I provide for the poor? Am I willing to “spend myself in behalf of the hungry?”
Today we all have a chance to do just that. It’s Dump Day over at TreyMorgan.net. If you are unfamiliar with Dump Day, I encourage you to watch the video below. It explains better than I ever could.
That video reduces me to tears every time. There’s a part of me that wants to turn off my computer and make it disappear. But I know that what I’m seeing on that screen is just a small fraction of the reality the men, women, and children who live in that dump are experiencing. For the past several years our church has been privileged to send many of our members to Honduras, and they have been at the dump and experienced the sights, smells, and people firsthand. Surprisingly? They all anxiously look forward to returning every year.
So what about us? As you eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner today, and feed your children, I encourage you to pray for the people of the Dump. Is God asking you to “spend yourself on behalf of the hungry?” You can make a difference by heading over to TreyMorgan.net and pledging your support, and by telling others you know about today.