Reading: Isaiah 49: 5-7
The servant realizes that God has called him to a role. Although initially unsure of himself, the servant has come to understand that if God has called him, then God will insure success. The servant says, “I am honored in the eyes of my Lord”. In essence, if God has chosen me, then I am up to the task. Then he goes on to acknowledge that God is his strength. He recognizes that God has carried him through before and will certainly do so again and again. The servant is embracing his role as a child of God.
God’s response to the servant’s faith? Oh no – it is “too small a thing” to just bring salvation and restoration to Israel. Oh no, the faithful servant will bring salvation and restoration to all people. The servant will not only be a light to the Jews but to the Gentiles as well. God’s response to the faithful servant? God rewards the faith with expanded blessings and an expanded role. This idea of he who does much with what he has been given will be given more is also found in the parable of the talents. The servant who works five into ten talents is given even more by his master in turn for his faithful service. God blesses those who are faithful servants.
So it is with the servant in Isaiah and so it is with us. It is only when we are willing to trust God that God can and will reward our trust. When we do trust and step out in faith, we are blessed to see God at work in our lives and in the world. This allows us to step out quicker and further the next time. The passage today ends with, “the Lord is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who had chosen you”. May we be strong in our faith, trusting the Holy One who had chosen each of us. God is faithful. May we be so as well.