What God is speaking over you may seem too good to be true. It’s hard for you to accept it. How could this happen? The right attitude is, “God, I don’t see a way, but I know You have a way. If You declare it Father, I am going to receive it. I believe it’s my year of favor. I believe, by this time next year, I’m going to see You show out in my life, take me where I can not go on my own, free me from things that look permanent. Amen.
as symbols of certainty and confidence in the Bible. Oaks have deep roots. Thus, the poor, broken-hearted and bound are turned into oaks of righteousness — people that are sure and confident. This arises only because of the “planting of the Lord” because only He can make this so. Do you feel like an “oak of righteousness”? This passage reminds us that if we want deep roots and want to grow strong and firm, we need to go to Jesus. It is possible for us to do good things like read the Bible and go to church, but not have our hearts warmed. Have you traded your mourning for praise? How? He needs to give it to us.
But when will the servant of The Lord do all these things? The Servant will do all these things when He comes to bring good news, as we read in Isa 61:1. His appearance ushers all these in. But honestly, when? Is it SG50? We are living it in in some sense now and it started when Jesus came to proclaim the year of The Lord’s favour. This means that in 2016, we have far more resources for hope and faith than we know. Jesus is doing what He has always been doing. He is still bringing us good news today. He hasn’t stopped and He will not. Consider the words of a hymn that we sing so often: Behold Him there the risen Lamb, my perfect spotless righteousness, the great unchangeable I am, the King of glory and of grace.
Jesus, our perfect spotless righteousness is working now to proclaim good news and to do all that is written in Isa 61:1-3. What can we do then in response to His work? Doesn’t this make sense now that we spend time with Him and also let Him tell you how good His news is? Let that soak in, so that you can receive the beautiful headdress, oil of gladness and a garment of praise. Why not make time to spend time with the one we Love and Who Loves us so in 2023?