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What are you waiting for? Encouragement
May 5, 2019

What are you waiting for? Encouragement

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Speaker: Chris Kellam | Series: What are you waiting for? | We continue our series “What are you waiting for?” in the book of Isaiah. The nation of Israel was in exile, waiting for God to deliver them. They had been promised restoration, but had yet to experience it. They felt like a “bruised reed” and “smoldering wick” – broken, fragile, tired, and used up. They had nothing left. The Lord continues to speak to them in chapter 42, providing encouragement through the description of his chosen servant who would come and bring the justice they waited for. How often do we feel the same? Our lives don’t go according to plan, and we wait for things to change, but are left feeling broken and used up. Read Isaiah 42:1-9, and let the picture of the Servant encourage you as it did the nation of Israel. Know that the Lord himself has come to establish his kingdom and give a new covenant that changes everything for those who are discouraged, empty, and waiting! 1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” 5 This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: 6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. 8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. 9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” (NIV)

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