Isaiah 49:8 “Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;”
This term (acceptable), is from the Hebrew term (Ratson), it is defined as (a perfect sacrifice. According to His will, exactly as God pleases.)
We cannot offer up a sacrifice that is perfect, all we bring to the altar is imperfection. We start in sin and only amplify our position of corruption by attempting to justify ourselves in the midst of it. The only One who could offer up a perfect sacrifice was Jesus. He gave Himself in perfection that we might be presented as Holy unto God.
This process of Salvation is God’s plan, fulfilled by God, and presented to the world through His Son.
The acceptable timing of God’s plan is accomplished in perfection. This means everything in history is being fulfilled perfectly, on time, and without delay.
Do you feel anxiety over all that is happening in the world today?
You need not fear, the Lord is in control. He has had a plan up until this present hour and He will continue to follow it until the end. We have been called to partake of what God is doing and this plan is fulfilled by us walking in His ways, by keeping our eyes fixed on His goodness, and by submitting to His individual plans He has specifically set aside for each of us.
The pathway is not accomplished through good intent or ‘good’ works. We follow by keeping our eyes on the Shepherd. We humbly accept His correction and trust that He is leading us to green pastures.
“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”
Jesus cleared the way…
Through His sacrifice, we have permission to receive the gift of grace and come before God’s throne justified–without guilt or shame. Jesus imparted to those who accept and believe, His righteousness (perfection) upon us.
What does Isaiah say is the result?
- We have been preserved from death. (Psalm 121:7)
- We have been given as a covenant (a sign) to the people. (Isaiah 49:8)
- We have inherited the earth. (Isaiah 57:13)
- We have been given the task of speaking this truth to those held captive by sin and to those wandering in darkness. (Psalm 15:2)
The honor that God has bestowed upon His people is not one to be taken lightly. He has bestowed upon His people a great honor. Partaking in God’s plan for the earth and then rejoicing with Him when the plan is complete.
God’s Spirit rests upon His people and if you want to be apart of His work, you must walk according to His ways.
Don’t take this lightly. The Lord is in charge and we are His servants. His plans will go on with or without you, it’s up to you how involved in those plans you want to be. You can either focus on this things of this world or allow the things that God has prepared since the beginning of Creation to be a part of your narrative as well.
He will include you if you seek Him and follow. Walk before Him in humility and you’ll see His hand lead you as you go.
When the day comes and you stand before the King of kings, your sacrifice of offering yourself to Him will be counted as acceptable, then you will rejoice with the rest of God’s saints who went before you.