TOPIC: God Cares for His Own.
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Read: Isaiah 42:1-9(NKJV)
42:1. “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One [in whom] My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
42:2. He will not cry out, nor raise [His voice,] Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
42:3. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.
42:4. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”
42:5. Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:
42:6. “I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,
42:7. To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
42:8. I [am] the LORD, that [is] My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
42:9. Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
The Babylonians attacked and thoroughly defeated Israel, destroying the temple and plundering her treasure. They completely destroyed the political, social, economic and religious life of God’s people and took them to Babylon on exile. While in exile, many concluded that God had withdrawn His favour from them and was punishing them for their disobedience.
Here, Isaiah reminded them that God had not abandoned them but was working to restore them to be a blessing. He spoke of the Servant God was sending to bring justice to all. Jesus Christ is God’s chosen Servant in whom God takes delight and has empowered to carry out this task. He will bring forth justice and transformation to the nations. He will restore the full image of God in man.
Brethren, God’s people are never denied no matter what they face or pass through in life. God does not forget His own. He cares for them even in times of difficulty. He sent His trusted Servant to earth with a mission to grant salvation to all mankind and He will not stop until this is accomplished.
Rather than God’s people dying due to disobedience, Jesus redeems us. He makes all things new, restoring God’s image in God’s people.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your plans towards me even in difficult times, Amen.