Yesterday morning I opened my NIV Bible and found myself reading Isaiah 42:
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.Isaiah 42:1 (NIV)
Not only did I find comfort in the first eight verses but I was intrigued to learn more about Isaiah. So I turned the pages and went to the introduction. (Don’t read the introduction before you go to bed, you might have nightmares.)
The “Themes and Theology” section in my NIV not only describes Israel back in the day, but also describes our country today. After the first paragraph describes Israel’s sins, the second paragraph states:
Yet God will have compassion on his people (14:1-2 and will rescue them from both political and spiritual opposition. Isaiah Introduction (NIV)
Again, I find comfort and joy in knowing that God redeemed Israel and He will someday redeem America as well. It might be 1,000 years from now but He will do it in His time not ours.
Over all I spent at least an hour reading Isaiah before spending the rest of the day on the road.
Isaiah and I will have to spend more quality time together.
God bless and have a joy-filled day.
Note: Above links will take you to Isaiah 42 and to the introduction of Isaiah.
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.