And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday: Isaiah 58:10When we invest ourselves in others, taking time to share with them God's wisdom for their circumstances, bringing them insight that will stretch them a bit further so they will seek maturity, settle their disquieted, anxious, or fearful souls, equip them to reign over the sin they've allowed to rule over themselves we have the privilege of watching Christ overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
When the investment in them is nourished by God and flourishes after we've shared His wisdom, we see a course set in motion which reaches new heights of maturity, where sin is repented of, and hope and confidence soundly guide a soul. Christ witnesses to us through our investment. Though we are the ones who pour out ourselves He is the one who stays the course in motion. We watch Him reign in the new soil. He shows us victory.
Matthew Henry on Isaiah 58:10
We must abound in all acts of charity and beneficence. We must not only give alms according as the necessities of the poor require, but, (1.) We must give freely and cheerfully, and from a principle of charity. We must draw out our soul to the hungry(v. 10), not only draw out the money and reach forth the hand, but do this from the heart, heartily, and without grudging, from a principle of compassion and with a tender affection to such as we see to be in misery. Let the heart go along with the gift; for God loves a cheerful giver, and so does a poor man too. When our Lord Jesus healed and fed the multitude it was as having compassion on them. (2.) We must give plentifully and largely, so as not to tantalize, but to satisfy, the afflicted soul: "Do not only feed the hungry, but gratify the desire of the afflicted, and, if it lies in your power, make them easy.’’ What are we born for, and what have we our abilities of body, mind, and estate for, but to do all the good we can in this world with them? And the poor we have always with us.
Editor's note: We presuppose that our readers are seeking wisdom for building a fruitful Christ honoring vision for the future which will encompass many works within a woman's role and jurisdiction. We never constrain our reading to 'unwed girls only' materials but have found wisdom in understanding the grand scope of things so that we know how to work wisely under and within other jurisdictions. This is why you'll see us recommend materials for fathers, brothers, mothers, church elders, magistrates, and the like...