Parting Words From The WORD . . . Do We Have Instructed Tongues?

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Since you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you feel called by God to be a writer or speaker. So when I found this powerful verse in Isaiah, I knew I had to share it with you!

The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. Isaiah 50:4

At first glance, this looked like a great verse for us to claim as speakers and writers. But after doing some research, I found that Isaiah 50:4-9 (some commentators say 50:4-11), is the third of four Servant Songs, foreshadowing our Savior, Jesus Christ. And it fits Him so perfectly!

But I must admit I was disappointed that it looked like we couldn’t claim the verse for ourselves.

In the verses prior to verse 4, God is chastising Israel for not recognizing His omnipotence, His power, and His love for Israel. He reminds them that He was not too weak to protect them from their enemies, but that they were the ones who turned away from Him. After generations of rebellion and defiance, God had had enough and had allowed them to suffer the consequences of their choices.

But He also provided the answer to those choices—Jesus, the One who knows the word that sustains the weary. Praise Him! Praise His Holy Name!

And the good news is, as followers of Christ and students of His Word, we are directed to be like Him, which means to shine His light, and to share His saving grace with this lost and dying world. In other words, as we study, as we pray and seek His face, as we confess our sin and meditate on His promises, several things happen:

  • We DO receive an instructed tongue
  • We DO know the Word that sustains the weary
  • We ARE challenged to listen to and follow His words
  • We ARE taught by His Holy Spirit

Praise Him! Praise His Holy Name! So follow, study, shine, pray, confess, and meditate. Then go, write, speak . . . and share the Word that sustains the weary.

It is a verse for us today.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


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  • Kristi Woods

    This is good encouragement, Vonda, to dig deeper into the meaning of various verses. Thank you!

  • Great encouraging and challenging verse. Thanks for unearthing this gem and sharing it with us. It’s one that I have whizzed over and not picked up to ponder. What a treasure this post is today.

    Share on!

  • Nan Jones

    This is so good Vonda. I love that after the verse you stated that Isaiah 50:4-9 is the third of four Servant Songs … SERVANT songs. That speaks to me because I’m weary and fighting severe depression. My flesh wants to curl in a ball, but my spirit wants to use my pain for God’s glory to help His girls. It’s all about service – being a servant as we follow the example of Jesus. He suffered. He made grueling choices as He surrendered to the Father and died to self. But being a servant really is like a song – a melody that breaks the fallow ground of a hardened heart so that redemption and restoration can follow. Sorry, I didn’t mean to ramble. This resonated with me this morning and gave me strength for the journey. Thank you Vonda. I love you.

    • Ah, praying for you still, my beloved daughter. You have been heavy on my heart of late. Thank you for sharing your servant heart with us. ((( hugs )))

  • Yes! Yes! Love your bullet-point list!! I so appreciate your ministry and your words. xoxo

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Julie. You have blessed me this morning. I pray your day is blessed as well!

  • Thank you for this verse today, my friend. Only as we follow Him and allow Him to work through us do we find our instructed tongues. Great reminder.

    • You’re so right, Judith! I was thrilled to go through the process of realizing that when we follow Him, that verse was indeed meant for us as well!