Day Eight of 40 Days of Grace – How I Found Comfort in Isaiah 49
Day 8 – I awoke this morning feeling burdened and concerned, not feeling well and wondering how I would have enough strength for the days ahead and maneuver some of the health issues I was facing. Over all I was very discouraged, feeling like I had failed at some of the most important tasks life had presented me with and the Lord was asking me to do. My heart yearned for broken relationships to be healed. How long it seemed I’d been praying for this and for God’s grace and mercy to cover my mistakes.
Finally I opened up my Bible to work on my lesson for Community Bible Study. We just happen to be studying Isaiah 49, specifically I was reading the passage about God’s servant. Verse 4 referred to the Messiah, God’s Son, talking to the Father. The Father had called Him and He replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.”
My heart melted. How could the Lord ever feel His work was useless, between healing so many people and giving the ultimate sacrifice for our forgiveness? Yet perhaps in the human side of Him, Jesus saw the mass of humanity, those whom He couldn’t physically reach the ones whose hardened, rebellious hearts wouldn’t be touched and there must have been times He felt tired and overwhelmed.
How could it be at such a low point I just happened to read those words? I don’t believe that it was a coincidence and I don’t know how He lines all that up, but He did. I had the comfort and moment of grace knowing that Jesus knows how I feel and He cares.