“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. -Isaiah 42:6-7
Righteousness. What exactly is righteousness? The dictionary definition is “the quality of being morally right or justifiable”. So, God has called us to be morally sound in His word. Okay, I understand that now. Him taking hold of my hand though, that’s a big deal. And even though there is a semicolon connecting the two ideas, the don’t seem similar at first glance. I think that by taking out hand, God is telling us that if we trust in Him, we will be able to achieve righteousness. Without His hand, we would probably fall. Once we follow God, we need to start acting like Him. Like my pastor said this past Sunday, “If God is who we Christians spend most of our time with, shouldn’t we have similar qualities?”. It’s like habits that we pick up from the people we spend most of our time with like our friends and family. When we spend our time with God, we will be changed so that our righteousness and Christian demeanor shows non-Christians that we have something that they don’t. Something that makes us different. Something that makes us more joyful and love life more. Something special. With the knowledge of Christ that we have, we can liberate the non-Christians and give them the light of the world.