The scriptures from Genesis through Revelation attest to the presence of God’s Spirit among us.
The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me
to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim release for captives,
and liberation for prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and a day of vindication for our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 to provide for Zion’s mourners,
to give them a crown in place of ashes,
oil of joy in place of mourning,
a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
they will restore formerly deserted places;
they will renew ruined cities,
places deserted in generations past. Isaiah 61:1-4 CEB
Because God has made provision for us, we can expect to join God in his work.
One weekend I showed up for our Saturday night service with a line forming outside our building. These were brokenhearted people and they were all in need of “bind(ing) up”. We did what we could. There were some follow up suggestions made to each one of them – and to my knowledge not a single person has actually taken a single suggestion to heart and taken action.
I love it that Isaiah doesn’t say, “SUCCESSFULLY bind up the brokenhearted”. It just says, “bind up”. This work of bringing and binding and proclaiming isn’t for the faint of heart. But I am so glad to know that it is the work we are called to do regardless of the outcome; it gives me a way to order my day. How about you? Upon what principles are you ordering your day’s work?