THE FAST THAT GOD HAS CHOSEN
The divorce between outward rites and inward piety has been the curse of every age. When the Pharisees were plotting our Lordâ€™s death, they refused to enter Pilateâ€™s hall. Not the bowed head, but the broken heart; not the sackcloth and ashes of the flesh, but the contrition of the soul!
Notice the three paragraphs descriptive of the experiences of the devout and consecrated soul: (1.) The conditions of blessedness, Isaiah 58:6-7. (2.) The successive items which go to make a blessed life, Isaiah 58:8-12. (3.) The true Sabbath-keeping, Isaiah 58:13-14. Primarily, it is inward, not outward. Let us be on our watch against the entrance into our hearts of all thoughts that would break the holy inward calm. Remember to imitate Nehemiahâ€™s instructions: Nehemiah 13:16-22. Let the divine peace rule within and be as a sentinel keeping the outward gate, Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7. Cease to follow your own ways, or find your own pleasures, or speak your own words. Delight yourself in God; so shall you sit with Christ in heavenly places and feed at the heavenly table.
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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Isaiah 58". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
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