“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

God has given Isaiah an impossible assignment. Call the wayward sons and daughters of Israel, the tribes of Jacob, back into a covenant relationship with the Lord their God. Stubborn, stiff-necked and rebellious people are not easily convinced, cajoled or corralled, but this is the mission that Isaiah has been asked by God to complete. In assessing the difficulty of this responsibility, God says, “It is too light a thing.” 

What is “too heavy” for man is “too light” for God!

Warren Mainard

Hmmm… let’s put this in perspective. Imagine God saying, “see that giant boulder over there? I want you to roll that massive stone up to the top of the mountain. No, wait, that stone is not big enough and that mountain is not high enough.” Isaiah, a man who is “deeply despised, abhorred” by his own people, is now being told that his mission is “too light a thing.” Instead, Isaiah will become a “light for the nations” that God’s salvation “may reach to the ends of the earth.” (6 & 7)

When we hear God say, “It is too light a thing” we must understand that the burden for this calling does not rest on Isaiah. If it did, the stone would roll him over. What is “too heavy” for man is “too light” for God! This is why God says, “I will make you.” God is the one who does the heavy lifting. God shapes us, calls us, equips us, empowers us and goes before us in fulfilling His calling. Though we may be despised by men and hated by those who oppose God, we are reminded that the success of our calling is “because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you (us).” (7)

Nothing is too hard for God. He moves mountains and rolls stones.

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