Wednesday Word 12.16.2020

Isaiah 61 :1-4, 8-11 NIV

1 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, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,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.They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” 10  I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

It isn’t always easy to find delight. It isn’t always easy to feel a sense of calm or find a place of peace. Stuff happens. It is especially difficult when it happens to the whole planet at the same time. We look for relief, but find little in which to delight. 

Isaiah reminds us that no matter the circumstances, we are anointed to be the proclaimers. Whether we are serving a sentence of solitude or are brokenhearted over our losses, we must put on the “garment of praise” and let go of the “spirit of despair.” Because we know our Lord and Savior, we have a responsibility to encourage and reassure, to lift instead of drag down. Besides, this is Advent. No matter how dire the situation may be, Jesus is coming…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki