Isaiah 58:12 – Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. (NRSV)
After many years in the kitchen, some of my best talents concern food repair! You might even call me a food mechanic. I know how to fix almost any dish that is overcooked, stale, lumpy, salty, bland, wilted, or curdled. Some people would find it easier to throw these things out. I find it a challenge to correct what seems unfixable.
Just like food, some of the folks around us have been overcooked by life's circumstances and set aside by the world to grow stale, wilted, or curdled. Some have become too salty, others bland. They look like hopeless cases — but actually they are simply waiting in God's repair shop for His mechanics to take action.
God points out that acceptable service to Him is "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" (Isaiah 58:7 NIV). Where can we serve The Great Repairer today by being His hands to the needy?
Prayer: Lord, open our eyes to the less fortunate, and help our actions speak Jesus into their lives. Thanks for the opportunity to be Your repairers! In Jesus' name. Amen.