In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
Clothed in Your Righteousness | Becky Newman
Lots of hope in Isaiah 61! Jesus quotes verses 1-2 in Luke 4:16-21 when he speaks in a synagogue to let them know that these verses are describing him. And of course, he’s then abruptly chased out of town. When my heart is willing to please God, He adorns me with righteousness. Jesus is the bridegroom in verse 10; he is the priest, or mediator, between the church, which includes me, and God. The church of believers is the bride. But God is the One who grows righteousness, praise, blessing, and fruit.
I love Biblical garden analogies! They speak to my heart! Too long have I looked at righteousness as something I have to try harder at, to obey all the laws and do all the right things and be oh-so legalistic. But doing all of this independently, I will always fail — every single time. As I’ve been preparing our next Discover One Thing online study of the Beatitudes (starts June 3rd!), You’ve been pushing me toward a perspective change. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) I can never quench this hunger and thirst alone. Only You can satisfy and fill. In fact, with my salvation, You adorn me in righteousness clothing. My job is to seek to please You (adorning myself with jewels), as a bride seeks to please her bridegroom, and You’ll pretty up my heart with an abundantly fruitful garden, making me pure and clean before You when that day comes at Your throne.
Thank You, Lord! My soul rejoices in You for clothing me with garments of salvation and arraying me a in a robe of Your righteousness, a banner saying, “I’m Yours!” Help me to seek to please You every day, so my heart is ever-ready for sprouting and praising.
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