6 And he says, “It is trivial for you to be a servant for me, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel. I will give you as a light for the Gentiles, to be my salvation to the end of the land.” 7 Thus says Yahveh, the redeemer of Israel, his holy one, to the one who is despised in life, to the one who abhors the nation, to a slave of rulers: “Kings will see and stand up; princes, and they will bow down, for the sake of Yahveh, who is faithful, the holy one of Israel, and he has chosen you.” 8 Thus says Yahveh: “I have answered you in a time of favour, and helped you on a day of deliverance, and watched over you, and given you as a covenant for a people, to raise up a land, to give a desolate hereditary property as an inheritance, 9 saying to the captured ones “Come out!” to those who hide in darkness, “Show yourselves!” they will feed along the ways, and their pasturage will be on all barren heights. 10 They will not be hungry or thirsty, and heat and sun will not strike them, for someone who takes pity on them will lead them, and he will guide them to water springs. 11 And I will position all my mountains like a road, and my highways will lead up. 12 Look! These will come from afar, And look! These from the north and from the west and these from the land of Sinim.” 13 Sing for joy, sky, and rejoice, land! Mountains must break forth rejoicing! For Yahveh has comforted his people, and he will take pity on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah is able to comfort Israel because he, himself, is comforted. He thought that his ministry would be a trivial thing, affecting perhaps only a few of the most committed followers of Yahveh, and ultimately forgotten in time. But Yahveh has helped him to see beyond the barrier of his own generation. He can see all the nations of the Gentiles being brought into this redeemed relationship with Yahveh. And it will all happen because of that coming Servant. But Isaiah can be comforted by the fact that his ministry will fit into that master plan.
Christian, are you discouraged today? Do you wonder if it is all worth it? Do you long to have a more significant role in the lives of others, bringing them into God’s eternal kingdom? Just fit into the master plan. It starts where you are, just like it did for Isaiah. He never saw the end result. He only saw bits and pieces, as they had to do with what he could do, to affect change where he was. But his ministry did fit in, and so can ours.
LORD, show us enough of your master plan so that we can be faithful to our part of it.