“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”
Margaret Mead was a famous American anthropologist during the 60s and 70s. She was also named a professor of anthropology at Columbus University. She once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” As a church community, we believe that the power behind us is greater than the task ahead. In the beginning of this chapter, Isaiah gave us a glimpse of this power.
Justice has been a theme throughout our devotions this week. Here we see justice come into play through God’s promise concerning His servant. What great comfort we can take in trusting that God will “faithfully bring forth justice.” He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt. He won’t disregard the small and insignificant. He won’t be stopped. He will steadily and firmly set things right! As those who know the brokenness of the world well, we can expectantly wait for the fulfillment of His promise that has already begun in His servant.
• Who is the servant God referenced in this passage? How has God’s servant begun the work of restoration in the world?
• How much would you say you believe that a few people can change the world by God’s power? How does your life reflect this?
• Pray for justice and for the coming of God’s kingdom.