Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17 NLT
Isaiah the prophet had a vision from God. As the new prophet on the block, I’m sure he wanted a good and pleasant message like, “God will chase your enemies from your path.” Instead, he had the responsibility to share some hard things with the nation of Israel. They turned away from God and He had some harsh words for them. So it’s Isaiah’s responsibility to share this message. Verse 16 says, Wash yourselves and be clean. Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.” God was unhappy with them and their sin.
God had His list of requirements. First they had to learn to do what’s good. In this life of faith, there are things we have to learn. Doing good does not come naturally. We are people who care about ourselves first. We have to learn to think about others. We have to choose to the things listed in this verse. It’s so easy to be selfish; it’s much harder to do good. Hence the verse said it is something to learn. Jesus Christ is our example. He made a habit of doing good and it offended the religious folk. He healed the sick; made the lame walk and performed some of these good deeds on the Sabbath. In Galatians 6:9 Paul said, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” If doing good is difficult for you, don’t give up; work at it. In time you will learn to do what is good.
Thought for Today: Keep working at it; you will succeed.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.