23 Mar Our Role to Bring Hope – 3/23/20
Mike and Sherri Dezort
Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me…”
Isaiah, estimated at being written around 700 BC, had a purpose then that is so relatable today. Isaiah’s purpose was to proclaim the good news—that God would be glorified through the renewed hearts and minds of His people, which will attract the nations and bring the hope of the Messiah!
Isaiah challenged the people of his time to accept their role in the story and to live faithfully in that LIGHT, but Isaiah’s words are written for all of GOD’s people until Christ returns. So what is OUR part in the story? In Isaiah 61:1, GOD tells us that the HOLY SPIRIT has anointed US to bring good news to the poor, afflicted, brokenhearted, captive, and prisoners.
This is an overwhelming thought. There is an uncertainty all around us—health, jobs, food, schools. You see panic in people when they rush into the grocery store to get what they need or feel they have to have. But there is an amazing contrast when you see families out on walks and bike rides, planning projects for their kids, and having extra time together. We have all become captives of COVID-19, but through it we have a choice. We have been anointed by the HOLY SPIRIT to bring good news! So again we must ask, “What is my role in this story?”
- Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope.” Pray for a hunger to seek God at this time, when we are weak, HE is strong!
- Pray that the renewal of God’s people will attract those around us to HIS HOPE. As our lives are GOD centered, pray that we are able to offer the true alternative to the false appearance of this world.
- Pray as God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “Lord you say in your word that as we your people humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, then we will hear from heaven and you will forgive our sins and you will heal our land.”