A planting of the Lord.
A display of his splendor. (vs 3)
I want to be an Oak of Righteousness. A planting of the Lord.
May my life display even a tiny portion of his splendor!
God points out to us in Isaiah 61 the things that are keeping his Oaks of Righteousness busy. As I read this, it relates directly to our culture today.
Have you noticed the ruins of our moral structure?
It’s hard to miss the devastation of healthy, strong family foundations.
God’s Oaks of Righteousness are leading the way in rebuilding these ruins within their own sphere of influence. They are so dedicated to God’s work that they have taken their focus off of a lot of things that distract us every day so they pay more attention to the work God has given them.
Yes – we can point fingers at politicians and lawmakers. That’s the easy way out.
Sure – we can get upset. We can say all kinds of things about how bad our culture has become.
But what part of this do we own?
And what are we doing about it?
How often are we praying about it?
As we obey, we become this solid planting of the Lord with our roots sunk deep into His truth. God hates wrong-doing and injustice. He righteously fights these battles using us when we are in line with him.
God promises that our obedience will bring us double portions of his blessing and everlasting joy. He extends these blessings to our children (awesome) and tells us that we will be acknowledged as ‘the people the Lord has blessed’. (vs 9).
Amen, let it be so, Abba Father.