12 DECEMBER 2017 – Isaiah 61:8-11 (ESV)

12 DECEMBER 2017 – Isaiah 61:8-11 (ESV)

Scripture

For I the Lord love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
    and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
    and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
    that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
    my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
    and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
    to sprout up before all the nations.

Reflection

One expression of justice is to live in a society where the wealthy cannot take advantage of the poor. Where the rights and the property of the poor are protected against those who are strong enough to take what they want without consequence. It is encouraging to say the least that this is also the heart of God. He cares especially that the weak and the vulnerable are remembered. When we care for and protect them it is as if we have done it for God Himself  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Our prayers matter – wherever you are, your prayers could change the destiny of a nation. Start with one nation; one that stirs your heart or catches your attention.

 

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.