Isaiah 53:4 – “He suffered the things we should have suffered. He took on himself the pain that should have been ours. But we thought God was punishing him. We thought God was wounding him and making him suffer.”
Last night on my way into Walmart, I noticed a man leaning against the outside wall. He looked dirty and disheveled. His bicycle was leaning next to him. As he started to walk away, while pushing his bike, I noticed a pronounced limp. It appeared he had some form of deformity to his extremity. He didn’t say anything to me. Yet, I quickly concluded he was a person who had a tough history.
As I then walked through the grocery area, I started to ponder about him. I wondered what things this man had done in his life that had led him to where he was. For whatever reason, I caught myself imagining the bad decisions he had made in his lifetime… drug use, crime or the like, that would have reaped the place where he presently found himself. I had no problem reasoning why he had reaped what he had sown.
Unfortunately, we often make the mistake of seeing an individual who is in a poor place in life. Not in a place we would call prosperous, and then we somehow reason that he has reaped what he sowed. It all seemed very logical to me in my thoughts and reasoning.
Early this morning as I rose, I read in scripture this text in Isaiah. I quickly began to realize the mistake in my reasoning.
Just as those around Christ reasoned that He deserved God’s punishment, I had reasoned, only by another’s appearance, that his actions and decisions must explain his place in life.
As believers we must know better. Christ did not deserve to suffer to the cross. He was not being punished by God. It was a part of the path that He chose to journey through in life that led him to his suffering on our behalf.
Today, strive to look at the world around you through the eyes of Christ. For me, if I were to receive what I deserved, it would be far less than what I have in Christ Jesus.
My prosperity and success does not define my identity as a servant of the Most High God.
Have a blessed day.