Scripture: from verses 6 and 7
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations…
to bring out the prisoners…who sit in darkness.
Observation: God is telling Israel that He called them and took them and shaped them to a covenant for the rest of the world, to bring light and freedom to those who are trapped.
I haven’t the faintest idea how a people (or a person) can be a covenant. A covenant is an agreement or a promise, neither of which is easily embodied in human form. But if we are both the sign of the covenant and one of the tools used to fulfill it, I guess that’s close enough?
So this is our calling: to create freedom and light where there was neither. To wield the power of God to do what He has promised.
I’m taking a social psychology class online, and one of the assignments is to spend a day being as compassionate as possible. The whole assignment has been bugging me, because many of the professor’s forms of compassion seem to be paralyzing: eating vegetarian and avoiding televised sports, violent movies, and sexist music. This is the flipside of compassion: going to war in the spirit on behalf of others, and breaking what traps them in darkness.
God is a powerful God. I don’t have to sit and worry, because I am called to go to war.
Application: Pray for others – bring them before God so that He can free them.
Prayer: Father, I praise you for being strong enough to give me your strength. I praise you for being light in the darkness and bringing freedom to captives. Help me to work alongside you. Amen.