Have you ever been chosen to take on a difficult task? What does it mean to be chosen? Is it an honor to be chosen? Does it mean you are the only one who can accomplish the task? Would you prefer not to be chosen?
We know there are people the boss always turns to when there are tasks that MUST be done. The boss can count on them to do whatever it takes to complete them. They are dependable and resourceful. The boss has confidence in them.
Being the person the boss always chooses to take on the challenging tasks can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being that reliable person can mean job security, a bonus, and perhaps some leniency. On the other hand, it can include long hours, stress, and negatively affect your family life.
Isaiah points forward to God’s chosen—Jesus. Notice it includes the delight God takes in His Son, and it includes the challenge of bringing justice this world. God is very pleased with His Son. Yet, God has also given Jesus the toughest task of all to accomplish. As we look at Scripture, we know Jesus is the Savior of the world. We know He accomplished this through His death, burial, and resurrection.
But as we look around this world, we may wonder where the justice is. It is coming. The framework is put in place. The final justice will come when God determines the time is right. Those who disobey God will be brought to final punishment. Those who obey Him will be rewarded for their faithfulness.
Jesus is God’s Chosen One. He is God’s beloved Son. He has accomplished the impossible task of saving all in this world who choose to follow Him, while also setting up righteous judgment for those who choose to deny God.
I pray we all choose to follow Jesus. I pray we decide to tell others of God’s perfect plan. I pray each one of us allow God’s justice to reign, rather than taking it into our own hands. Follow Jesus. Obey God’s commands. Allow God to judge. Trust that justice is in motion.
“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.”