“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor…Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” Isaiah 61:1-2, 7
Jesus came to bring good news to the poor. He came to bring healing to those whose hearts were broken, to break the chains of captives and bring light and freedom to their darkness. And into the lives of these who had known such pain, affliction, and bondage, Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor. He gives them hope. He declares that the healing and freedom He brings isn’t just for the moment. God is for them. They are in the favor of the One who reigns over all things, the One for whom all things are possible.
Do our lives reflect this? Trust that the Lord is for us, that His hand is upon us for good. Belief that He will give us a double portion and we are promised everlasting joy. Because that is truth. The fears and doubts and questions, whatever it is in your heart that makes you wonder if God really will come through in a certain area, those are the lies. We need to hold up our shield of faith and declare that we believe our God. We believe that He saves us to the uttermost. We believe that we live in His favor, and it doesn’t depend on our goodness or righteousness or strength. It’s all dependent on His faithfulness to us. And He is faithful forever.
We have hope here. We have everlasting joy because we know we are kept in Christ. The hand of the Lord will be upon us, His Spirit will be within us, and His goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life. Despair will not win, because our God is faithful. “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2b). “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).