Day One: Gloom Lifted

And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength—

he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49.5-6 NIV)

“Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and there is no other. He is God’s appointed ‘light for the nations.’ Every wisdom and philosophy and moral code outside of Christ lies in the deepest, outermost darkness as to salvation. But to enter into the light of Christ is to have your gloom lifted and your confusion replaced with truth and delight. He is your breakthrough to seeing everything in a new light. And his God-appointed mission, to bring the light of God into our natural darkness, will succeed with worldwide impact. Jesus himself said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8.12).” (R. Ortlund, Isaiah, God Saves Sinners)

Listen to this song, Gloria by Josh Garrels (click here) and let’s pray that as we enter into the light of Christ, our gloom would be lifted.