Called, Kept, and Given

I’m meditating this morning on Isaiah 42:6-7, where the LORD makes this declaration over His Servant (the Messiah – and by implication, all those who are His followers by the power of the Holy Spirit):

“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;  I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Several things impact my heart as I consider these verses: first, it is Yehovah, the I AM, who is speaking here. He is the One we believe in, convinced that He exists, and that He is faithful to do what He has promised, because He cannot be unfaithful to His own character. Hebrews 11:6 calls us to have faith in this reality.

Second, Yehovah declares that He has called you (the Servant Messiah, and us as His followers) in righteousness. In other words, He has summoned us to live according to how He has designed us, to be fully congruent with how we are formed in His heart from the foundations of the world. There is no hope for fulfillment apart from this calling, but with that call comes the grace and power to live it out.

Third, He promises His presence and involvement through the course of our lives. He will take us by the hand and keep us. In other words, He will be intimately present to us, guarding and protecting us in the assignment He gives. His intimate presence is the assurance of the successful completion of our task, and the fulfillment of our destiny.

Finally, God pledges to give us to the nations as a covenant and a light, to be expressed in spiritual and literal healing and deliverance. The power of His Name and the power of His life within us is His promise, which first transforms us, and then presents us to the people around us with His stamp of approval. The authorization that comes with being given by God to the nations results in the power of His Kingdom being released that His will might be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

I’m strengthened and encouraged by this word today. May your hearts and minds be settled and emboldened as well. 

Gary Wiens 

Gary Wiens, 11/14/2017