Pastor's Notes

God's Intentions

December 5, 2017

Isaiah 42:1-9 describes God's servant. As we journey through Advent, gazing toward the rebirth of Jesus in our lives, we sense God's intentions. They are clear. As the Wesley Bible comments, "God's grace has been released for the whole world in the person and work of Jesus, and God calls us to be partners in spreading the light of the good news to the whole world. Are you reflecting the light and grace of God in your life?"

I am drawn obviously to the words that the Lord will guard us, give us covenant, give us light, and open our eyes. God pronounces freedom to the captive. Verses 8-9 however, grant us the direction: "I am the Lord, that is my name; I don't hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols. The things announced in the past---look---they've already happened, but I'm declaring new things. Before they even appear, I tell you about them."

This expectation certainly did not come overnight. But in God's time, a new thing is coming to birth. This is a metaphor of God in labor and giving birth. The result will be the miraculous way to a restored life. So, as we begin this new Christian year, we do so with confidence that God will work plans to prosper. How might your intentions be of partnership with God in this new year? The fruit of that partnership is echoed in Verse 10, "Sing to the Lord a new song!" May it be so with all of us!

Blessings, Richie

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