January 13

Isaiah 49:1-7

“he says, ’It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’” vs. 6

The prophet speaks of Israel as the servant of the Lord, a nation destined for restoration, and to be a light to the nations. We can’t help but wonder at the incredible optimism that underlies this passage. Israel had fallen and its royal house had been exiled–Israel had lost all standing in the eyes of other countries. But the prophet insists that God has not abandoned the nation. There is still a plan for the people of God–they will not only be restored to their ancient lands, they will be a light to the nations. It’s that conviction that has sustained the community of faith ever since. No matter what happens, no matter how we might stumble or fall, God still has a plan for us. Through us, flawed though we may be, the good news of God’s love will be channeled to the end of the earth. And it’s happening now! Not through the grandiose, aggressive posturing of political entities, but through the steadfast faithfulness of the body of Christ. We have representatives in every corner of the globe and through us the hungry are fed and the poor hear the good news. Our mission never ends–we are the chosen ones of God.

Thought for the Day:  What is God’s plan for me today?

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