Your Light Rising in the Darkness
Last week, we worked our way through Isaiah 58:6-9a and this week we will study in verses 9b-12. Today, we will be focusing on verse 9 part b. All these verses are so important to me. God has used them so many different times in my life and I am very excited to share them with you!
Isaiah 58:9b (vv 9b-12) (NIV)
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the old age foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Thinking about last week and now this week’s text, I think it is clear that if we seek God with prayer and fasting, interceding for others, but also getting our wills in line with God’s will and our hearts tuned to His heart, we will soon get to where today’s focus text is a reality in our lives.
Working through today’s text:
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression… “
Sweet freedom from Oppression
Do you need freedom from oppression? You may need it and not even realize it. Ask God to help you see if there is an area in your life where you are not living in the freedom that Christ bought for you on the cross.
This part of the verse is talking about our own yokes of oppression. The closer we get to God the more we will see our yokes of oppression drop off of us. When God increases in our lives He pushes out the things that are not of Him and oppression is definitely not of Him. Sweet freedom!!
It could also apply in that as we pray for others, God works in their lives to lift their yokes of oppression.
“…with the pointing finger and malicious talk… “
As we get closer to God we desire to remove the sinful behavior from our lives. We will want to do it for His glory.
In the Amplified Bible this phrase is:
“…the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly] and every form of false, harsh, unjust and wicked speaking… “
I think this describes criticism very well. I so often catch myself being critical of others, especially other Christians. This phrase in the AMP says not to point fingers at the oppressed or the godly. Everyone is included here. Christians and non-Christians can be oppressed.
It is interesting. Generally, I think that we as believers expect other Christians to be perfect and non-Christians to act like Christians. When they don’t, it messes with our comfort.
In reality, to live and act consistently like a Christian takes a very focused life – focused on God and even then we are going to blow it sometimes. On the other hand, if non-Christians act like Christians then we will not know that they need Christ! What we will see is polished up people burning a trail to a fiery eternity in Hell. If they act like Christians, we will not know to pray for them or share with them.
Each One of Us Need Some Grace
We need to have grace for others – both our brothers and sisters in Christ and people who do not know Him yet. We need to pray for non-believers, we need to pray for each other and to not criticize anyone.
In my life and yours, there are areas that can generate criticism. We are all in need of a Savior. As we look around it will be easier not to criticize if we see ourselves as we really are. We are desperate for God’s grace and in dire need of a Savior and as believers we are saved by faith through God’s grace alone.
God wants to weave a beautiful tapestry with our lives, and there is no place for threads of oppression or criticism in that picture. Let’s surrender all that to Him today so He can free us from it and help us to be more like Him. As we go through this week, you are going to see how “Your Light Rising” is a fitting title for this series. Have an amazing day!!
Dear Lord, thank You so much for Your beautiful Word and Your beautiful Spirit that is at work in our lives to make us more like Jesus. Help us to seek You in all we do and get our hearts in line with what You want. Please, help us to let go of our wants and be all about Your wants. I thank You for the clarity You gave me last week and I ask You that each reader would know You as faithful to lead us in glorifying You! Make us what You want us to be and, please, makes us completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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