Daily Delight

Friday, March 2, 2018

He said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.’ I replied, ‘But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand. I will trust God for my reward.’” -Isaiah 49:3-4 (NLT)

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this world. We live in a society that constantly encourages us to seek out the bigger and better, to make a name for ourselves. If we’re not living up to the latest and greatest standards, it’s easy for us to feel small, invisible, and purposeless. I know I’ve felt this way. As followers of Christ, we are not called to live by the same standards this world does. Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:3-5). He literally takes everything the world considers small or useless and calls it good, bestowing His blessing upon it.

God is in the small things! He sees that school or work assignment you spent hours on, only for someone to dismiss it without so much as a glance. He is with you in the long days and nights of motherhood that drag on without a thank you. He cheers you on as you wait for and wonder what next steps to take in life. He sees, He hears, He knows, and He cares. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.” God spoke this to the Israelites, who had recently been exiled to Babylon. He said this to a people who had not only lost their purpose, but their home, land, and livelihood. If that doesn’t sound hopeless, I’m not sure what does! But God promised them that He had a plan, a future, and a hope.

Similarly, God promised Isaiah he would bring glory to God even in the midst of what seemed to be useless work. God is speaking that same promise over you today, no matter what your circumstances are. That means you can leave it all in the Lord’s hands. He sees you, and He will reward you. 

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About the Author

Kira Echeandia

Kira is a recent transplant to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area who is passionate about Jesus, social justice, and baked goods. She loves to travel, and can be found in Belgium consuming copious amounts of chocolate about once a year. Her dream is to start a business that incorporates both intentional community and sustainable consumerism, but is still praying about what this could look like. Kira is both thrilled and honored to write for Daughter of Delight in this season, and looks forward to seeing where her passion for writing will take her.


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