This post is Day 16 in a series of studies about “Hope”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Hope – Day 16

Isaiah 42:3-4

A bruised reed He will not break, and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice. He will not falter or be discouraged until He establishes justice on earth. In His name the nations will put their hope.

The Thought

This chapter begins with a prophetic presentation of Jesus, hundreds of years before he came to earth. Here is My servant whom I uphold, My chosen one in whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him and He will bring justice to the nations (Isaiah 42:1). It is as though God wanted to say to the world, “Don’t worry I have a plan”! He had, and He still has.

Many of us pray for change in our culture, or in our world, and The Lord hears our prayers, He often inspires our prayers, and He will answer in His time. We must stay confident that He is working behind the scenes, and will fulfill His purposes in His time. In that there is hope.

I remember an old hymn from my childhood, often sung at this time of year. “God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year” written in 1894 by Arthur Campbell Ainger.

God is still “working His purpose out” and will be, until the end of time. That thought should give us hope in this season when the world often seems an unstable place to live.


Pray today for stability in your part of the world. Ask God if there is anything He wants you to do to have an effect on your area. Is He asking you to pray, or to speak out, or to get involved more in local politics.

Read Isaiah 42 and be encouraged by the prophecy of hope which Jesus fulfilled. Much of that chapter is quoted in Matthew 12.

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