hidden in his quiver

June 2015 (17)Isaiah 49:1-6

1 Listen to me, coastlands, and listen attentively, peoples from far away! Yahveh called me in utero; from the inside of my mother he made my name known. 2 And he installed my mouth like a sharp sword; he hid me in the shadow of his hand, and he positioned me like an sharpened arrow; he hid me in his quiver. 3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I will show my glory.” 4 But I myself said, “I have laboured uselessly; I have used up my strength for nothing and emptiness! Nevertheless, I will get justice from Yahveh, and I will be rewarded by my God.” 5 he says, “Is it too light a task for you to be my servant, to re-establish the tribes of Jacob, and restore the remnant of Israel? Okay, I will make you a light to the nations, so you can also bring my deliverance to the remote regions of the land.”

hidden in his quiver

I love the image that Isaiah uses here to describe the role of Yahveh’s servant. Isaiah was discouraged, thinking that he had wasted his life on the light task of seeking revival among the Israelites. But Yahveh reminded him that he had been called in utero for a much more important task. He would also be a light to the nations, spreading the word of God’s deliverance to the remote regions of the land. He was an arrow hidden in God’s quiver, brought out for a special purpose which had not been guessed by all those around him.

Fast forward in time a few centuries and the world would see that light in Christ.[1] Then those who the Lord called to himself also became a light to the nations around them.[2] Because Yahveh has a quiver full of arrows, hidden and designed for the purpose of revealing his truth and glory to the world that needs him. Strike true with your life. You have a purpose.

LORD, reach into your quiver, and use us to reveal yourself to this godless generation.


[1] John 1:4-9.

[2] Acts 13:47.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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