6th January 2017

Back to Work  

Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away”
Isaiah 51:11 (NIVUK)
 

Now that the Xmas and New Year celebrations are over, it’s back to work for many of us. If not work, it’s back to our normal routine.

How do we feel about that? Are we depressed at the very thought? What attitude should we take with us as we return? In Isaiah 51 it describes the people of God who live in a society that is far removed from following God’s ways. Those around them criticise them because of their faith, but God tells his faithful not to “be terrified by their insults” (v.7). Society seems to have gone from bad to worse, but what should believers remember in the midst of it all?

The answer is to remember that we have been rescued by the Lord. Other translations use the words “ransomed” or “redeemed” instead of rescued, pointing to how through Christ’s crucifixion humanity was to be “bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 7:23). Let this assurance of salvation affect you now, as part of Isaiah’s message, and we could take a lesson from his words as we return from the holiday season.

Just as we shall sing when our salvation is realized fully, can we not sing now? Can we share with others some of that “everlasting joy” as we go back to our daily lives? Instead of going back to work with “sorrow and sighing”, can we show that we’ve been rescued by letting “gladness and joy” overtake us?

As we return, let’s show others that we have been rescued by the Lord!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus has rescued us from our sins and from ourselves, and help us please to demonstrate the joy of his salvation in all that we do. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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