March 18

Having trouble seeing how you might be an anointed person based on this passage?


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,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and a day of vindication for our God,
    to comfort all who mourn,
    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.
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


During a recent recuperation from surgery, it was pretty hard for me to see how I was either anointed or available to bring, bind, or proclaim. My biggest accomplishment for a couple of days involved not crying hysterically because of my discomfort.

Do you ever find yourself so burdened that you cannot imagine that you could do anything other than accept the goodwill of others? That’s actually a lovely thing – and I certainly appreciate all the love and goodwill I received during those early days of recuperation. Nothing wrong with that!!

Notice that there’s a progression in this passage. People who needed binding and releasing and comforting and provision don’t ALWAYS need these things. Seasons of suffering are called seasons because we pass through them.

So here’s both a promise and a warning: seasons are to be experienced fully and then moved through. God provides us the resources we need to move from captive to liberator.

Do you feel stuck in a season of suffering? Maybe these verses give us a suggested pathway THROUGH the time of trouble. To be continued….


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