But this week at the Orphan and Vulnerable Children Conference, I heard these words from Isaiah 1 and want to pass on a couple thoughts I learned there.
So now you are probably saying to yourself, “OK, Claudia, I’m pretty sure that this doesn’t apply to me. I have never once offered God rams or the fat of fattened animals. I don’t ever try and give God the blood of any animal, especially not bulls and lambs and goats. I stopped burning incense a long time ago. And I have never once gone to a celebration about the New Moon!"
But what if it said something more close to home? What if it talked about the offerings we put in the plate at church? Or the last time we got together at church for a “fall festival” or a community wide block party? What if their convocations and assemblies translate into our worship services or Bible studies? Just sayin.
God even says to the people, “
So what is the solution? What if all this activity that I am pouring myself — my religious stuff — worship and prayer and coming together with other Christians — what if it is becoming like the folks God asked Isaiah to yell at in Scripture? How can I fix it?
He makes it pretty simple:
There you have it. Get busy paying attention to those less fortunate. Get involved in taking care of the fatherless. It’s pretty clear. And if you haven’t been going that, God will settle the matter and forgive you….
We often say to people “If God is calling you ...." But that statement is incorrect. There is no if.
God has already made it very very clear that we need to find our own place in the space of caring for the fatherless. It’s at theme throughout Scripture. It isn’t “If God is calling you” it is “BECAUSE God has ALREADY commanded you.”
Think about it.
(Thanks Jason Johnson and Kelly Moore for some of the thoughts above)