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Monday, March 29

Contributed by Arthur Surjadi

Isaiah 42:1-9

“I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.”

“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the
hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the
nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the
dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (NRSV).

It is so scary and pathetic when we are transported to another place as forced
labour or as slaves, we are deprived of our lives. That is the context of the life
of the Israelites when they had to be transported as prisoners and slaves in
Babylon written in the second Book of Isaiah. When the Israelites had to leave
their house and land they were deprived of their life as a blessed people, they
felt discouraged and thought that Yahweh had already lost control and power
in the land of Babylon. They were like a bruised reed and a dimly burning wick
that were about to die out.
In our brokenness, God does not leave us. The Creator shows Himself as a
Powerful God that never loses His power over all of His creation, nations and
rulers (V.5). God gives hope to those who are depressed and hopeless (V.7).
The coming of Jesus Christ as the Messiah is covenant hope to the people and
a light to the nations. Jesus comes to free those who are shackled in sin and
who live in darkness so that they may move towards a life of light. In and with
Jesus we are led by God to fulfill this promise, so that our eyes are no longer
blind, and we are free from captivity in a dark prison house.
In this uncertain, dark and frightening pandemic situation, the Word of God
reminds us again that God never leaves us to fight alone, He is Immanuel. He
cares about us and always be with us. We always need God in our
circumstances. Let us come to God in prayer:

Gracious and Merciful God, we come to You in this uncertain situation, we know
that You care about us. Deliver us from our darkness and confusion, give us
peace so that we may enjoy Your presence and the power of your grace in
Jesus Christ in our lives. Amen.

Arthur Surjadi is the former pastor of Faithful Presbyterian Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is
a father and husband and is now studying at St. Andrew’s Hall/VST.