And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.
And when He had opened the book,
He found the place where it was written:
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR;
HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED,
TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED;
TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
What a treasure to read Isaiah 61 this morning. So often I’m amazed about how perfect God’s timing always is. Hallelujah!
There is so much heartache going on in this world. And now, since Covid 19, suffering and loss seems even more intense — way more painful than ever before.
True, it has always been hard for the brokenhearted to cope with their situation; and, of course, it has never been easy to be held captive or to be oppressed; the pressure, however, feels stronger than it would have years ago. How come?
People are now being told to keep their distance, to isolate at the slightest sign of a symptom, and to avoid crowds. We cannot be together and should not hug each other under any circumstance. But what about the brokenhearted, the ones who grief the loss of a loved one, the ones who are held captive by others or who are in a spiritual prison cell — who is there for them?
Reading Isaiah 61 I this morning I dwelt on verses two and three for quite a while. They so touched my heart. Isaiah 61:2 says that the Messiah would proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. This was fulfilled the day that Jesus Christ has read the Scripture (see Luke 4:21). It also makes mention of how He has been sent to comfort all who mourn. And the words that follow in verse three are such an encouragement from the God of all Comfort and Love.
Precious one, if you are mourning go to the LORD in prayer; tell Him your sorrows and find — beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness today.