Verse of the Day – Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

“As a man, you’ve got to learn to take care of Yourself!” My dad’s words were worn into my heart as he gave me jobs and taught me responsibility as a teenager. We do have to be responsible for our actions and taking care of ourselves. But, part of being blessed and taking care of ourselves — at least as God sees it — is caring for others, sticking up for the disadvantaged, and intervening when someone else is being exploited. After all, we are our “brothers’ and sisters’ keepers!” What convicts me most about this passage, however, are the three verbs for me to obey: encourage, defend, and plead. I can’t sit on the sideline and hope someone else takes care of the needs!

My Prayer…

Remove the heart of selfishness, O God, that sometimes keeps me from caring for the oppressed, abused, forgotten, and broken. Give me your eyes of concern and Jesus’ heart of compassion to see the oppressed, fatherless, and widowed. O, Holy Spirit, please stir me to action and help me minister to them. In his name, the LORD, Jesus, the compassionate Christ, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.


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