Blessed for a Reason

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3

It’s easy to see the many blessings

Good news for the poor, bind the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, open the prison of those bound, proclaim the year of favor and the day of vengeance, comfort those who mourn, give a headdress instead of ashes, gladness instead of mourning, praise instead of a faint spirit, oaks of righteousness.

while overlooking the reason they’re given.

That he may be glorified.

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