Since youâ€™re reading this blog, itâ€™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 couldnâ€™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 choicesâ€”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 Godâ€™s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,