Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
Maybe you are going through a difficult time in your life right now, and you are devastated with your circumstances. Maybe you feel like there is no way out of your situation and you are in your own personal hell of sorts. I want to remind you of a passage of scripture in Isaiah that the Lord reminded me of lately. I believe He wants to encourage you with it today. First, Let’s look at this scripture a little more closely.
It is important to first understand that the entire book of Isaiah was written as a prophecy of the fulfillment of the coming Messiah and God’s plan for the nation of Israel. This book of the bible was written during a time when the people of Israel had been taken captive and were being greatly oppressed. There was also political turmoil stirring, which added greatly to their situation. Long story short, they were convinced that God had left them completely and they had no hope.
In this chapter, Isaiah is reminding the people of Israel that in many ways, their sin against a Holy God had caused them pain, but also that this pain and suffering would not last forever, nor would Gods anger against their sin. Isaiah reminded them that God had good plans for them in the future and that His love lasts forever.
These words of comfort in Isaiah 61 are words of hope and comfort in a time when hopelessness had run rampant in the hearts of the Israelites. They are words of encouragement for us, even today! If we have entered into a relationship with God, We are Gods people and in times of distress and hopelessness, we can dig into this scripture and be reminded that God has the bigger picture in mind for all those that love Him. He will bring beauty out of all our sorrow, if we open our hearts to Him in the midst of our suffering.
Everyone will go through hardships and suffering on this earth in one way or another. But if we know God, we know how the ultimate story ends and even if we don’t understand why we are in the circumstances that we are, we know that God is good and has (Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) good plans for us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
So, In the midst of your earthly circumstance, has your heart lost hope in God?
Take heart dear one. He has not left you.
We can learn to trust Him even in the difficult times of our lives if we dive deep into intimacy with Him, for He will never leave us or forsake us, even if people do, or our health does, or our finances fail. He will never fail us! This is the hope that we have in Him. Amen!
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God! (ESV) Psalm 43:5“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33