Summary: Whenever you attempt to bring about change because of the anointing placed upon your life, it plays on the insecurities of those who have grown accustomed to the way things are and have always been. In this way, your destiny or vision for change is often
Cyrus was a Persian king who ruled over a hundred years after Isaiah wrote these words found in our text. He was a man of great influence, a man God used to accomplish His purposes upon the earth.
Allow me to pause here and state that every one of us has influence. Influence means a power that causes an effect by indirect or tangible ways. It means to alter drastically or to change the course of a thing.
It does not matter who you are or what your vocation is, you are an influencer. It does not matter what your economical status, your culture, race, or age is, nor your level of education, if your life in anyway connects with others, you are an influencer, a driving force for change. And God seeks to work through you to accomplish His purposes by your hand.
Cyrus was a man of influence or power. But before he rose to prominence, many scholars believed that in his infancy he encountered adverse conditions that threatened at one time his purpose and destiny; for they believed that Cyrus was an outcast, left exposed to the evil elements of this world as an infant. But, by divine grace he was rescued from perishing by a herdsmanÕs wife because he was to be therein a type of the great Redeemer releasing GodÕs people out of their captivity.
Cyrus, who was spiritually ignorant of knowing intimately the God of Israel, because of being trained up in the worship of idols was yet called by God to manifest His purposes upon the earth.
Isaiah said in verse one of our text, ÒThus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden (or grasped) to subdue nations before himÉÓ The Lord called Cyrus, ÒHis anointed.Ó
Despite his theological or philosophical view, despite his culture, race or age, despite his background or past, God by His own omni-potency or authority called Cyrus just like many of us to greatness. And you can not afford to allow other peoples opinion of you, nor your own past failures or experiences to stop you from being persistent in achieving the destiny God called you to.
They labeled you as a failure, but yet God has called you. Branded you as a nobody, but yet God has called you and anointed you to do great exploits. Even the religious circles have turned their back on you because of their doctrinal view, but yet God has called youÉ
Whenever you attempt to bring about change because of the anointing placed upon your life, it plays on the insecurities of those who have grown accustomed to the way things are and have always been. In this way, your destiny or vision for change is often seen as a threat. But remember, God has anointed you for you to accomplish your purpose.
It is not uncommon for the negative emotions you stir up in people to be unleashed in the form of opposition. What you are convinced Òshould beÓ will be perceived by others as the very thing that Òshould not be.Ó But you must be determined to pursue despite the odds to what God is calling you to.
Regardless of whatÕs driving your critics, regardless of what obstacles you encounter, if you give up now, if you lose heart, what could be and should be will never be; at least not as a result of your labor.