Sometime, about 600 years previous to the birth of Jesus, the Prophet Isaiah, made a prophecy to the effect that someone was coming who would redeem the situation of the People of Israel. The Jews expected a political liberator. They longed for the glory of the Davidic Kingdom that had been lost through corruption and unfaithfulness. Well, in the person of Jesus, the prophecy is about to be fulfilled. However, Jesus was to fulfill the prophecy in a way that was totally unexpected.

The Kingdom of Jesus is not a Kingdom like that of David! The liberation, freedom and healing that Jesus brings is a spiritual reality, not an earthly one. Yes, it begins to take place here on earth, however, its fullness is experienced only in the spiritual realm and with the gift of eternal life. We will never fully understand the mind of God before joining Him in heaven. We just have to learn to trust that God has our best interests at heart in all that He does for and with us.

The mission and ministry of Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. That it is not what the Jewish People expected is consistent with the fulfillment of so many of the prophecies and promises that they received. This is a lesson to us not to restrict our expectations of the work of God in our lives. Nothing is impossible to God and He is also a God of surprises! Let us give him room to work in our lives and expect Him to surprise us with the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing about the fulfillment of the promises that he has made to His People.

God works in unexpected ways in our lives according to what He knows is the best for us! Even if we do not fully understand what He is doing in our lives, let us pray for the grace to trust that it is all going to benefit us in the long term.

How easy do I find it to trust that God is working in my life? Do I struggle with understanding His will for me? How can I learn to be more trusting of His work in my life?

Thank you Jesus for your love for me. Thank you for all the blessings that you have given me in my life. Thank you that you are at work in my life bringing me to salvation and eternal life with you.