Be Near God’s Heart

Do you ever wonder why you route for the under-dog?  There is something in us that wants people – with the odds stacked against them – to win.

I believe that is the image of God expressing Himself through us. People with odds stacked against them are near to God’s heart; the poor, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the broken.

If you want to feel God’s heart beat, go serve the poor – Jesus is there!

When I read Scriptures like Isaiah 58, I can’t help but think that suffering people are near to God’s heart.

Why did He make it so clear in Isaiah that it wasn’t the rituals He was after, but rather the things that pointed to Him?

Could God’s heart beat any louder and His promises more richly found than in Isaiah 58: 6-11?

 “Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of wickedness,

to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry

and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover him,

and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up speedily;

your righteousness shall go before you;

the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you take away the yoke from your midst,

the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

if you pour yourself out for the hungry

and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,

then shall your light rise in the darkness

and your gloom be as the noonday.

And the Lord will guide you continually

and satisfy your desire in scorched places

and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden,

like a spring of water,

whose waters do not fail.”

If you need to be filled up and your spirit quenched, then get near to God’s heart.

Find a way to connect with someone who needs what you have, like teaching English to refugees or giving your lunch to the man standing on the corner.

You can also support an organization who brings life-saving help to children, or go on a mission trip, or sponsor a child.

Many of us feel like we don’t have the time or the resources, but God promises if you do this, you will be like a “well watered garden” and “your light shall rise.”

He will multiply your energy and you will find the abundant life – the life you dream of, not the one wrapped up in material possessions.

Watch this short video, and see if it doesn’t make you want to go serve – serving the poor is an amazing experience with God, I guarantee!

About Heidi Heinrich

Heidi Heinrich, church relationship manager for Food for the Hungry's community-to-community (C2C) program, got her start with Food for the Hungry as a volunteer. She began promoting child sponsorship after being incredibly moved to "just do something" about the poverty she had seen while serving internationally on a team. A mother of two adult children who are pursuing their life's work in serving the poor, Heidi attributes their passion to the impression made through child sponsorship. "It has been a journey." she says, "It all began by sponsoring a child in Bangladesh that led to serving on a team. I am very grateful for the experiences God has given me through sponsorship." She also enjoys art and music, and she is finishing her degree in Human Development through Hope International University.

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