The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.

Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

Isaiah 50: 4

 

God provides us with clearly established, excellent models to follow. He has spoken through people who were willing to listen and who then recorded the truths that they heard. The Lord directs us to read, to consider what we read, to listen to His voice speaking from the pages, and to act upon those truths. One of the primary actions that He calls upon us to undertake is the one in which we seek to point exhausted people toward the sustaining energy that is found through knowing Christ. Not everyone is made weary by the same situations and not everyone is worn down by the same concerns; as people we are highly diverse and truly complex. That is why the word of God is also richly layered and covers everything that can occur in life.

 

God’s directive to me is to know Him well, and this is accomplished, in part, through knowing His word well. The first aspect of this knowing is the desire to explore it; then, I need a willingness to be impacted, to be changed, by what I discover. Every day God speaks to me, and He tells me of His wonders, and He shows me where I am needed. God’s word provides the answers to these needs, and it never fails to speak to an open and a willing heart. Some of these are words of encouragement to just continue on for one more minute or even another hour. Some of His words provide me with a direction to follow or an insight into a decision that needs to be made. All of His word testifies to God’s unending and undeniable love for me.

 

My own weariness, exhaustion, and anxiety are answered by the perfect counsel of the Lord. There is an almost mystical sort of strength that comes from Him and into me, and this strength is more than is needed to face into the challenges that are confronting me today. Christ directs me to take what I have learned and to pass it on to others. This is often done by simply caring for them and about their needs. It always involves loving others in a manner that provides a real and a tangible presence of Christ into the world. God desires for us to be energized and to be energizers. He leads us toward a life that is lived in a manner that is itself worship of our Lord.

 

The Lord God has given me the tongue of one who is taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.

Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

Isaiah 50: 4

 

The prophet is not bragging. He is stating a fact, and this fact is an important one as he goes about living. For his job in this world is to speak God’s truth in all settings, situations, and context. Isaiah was chosen by God to bring the Lord’s message of judgment and that of the hope of salvation to people. So, God instructed Isaiah and gave him understanding of eternal truth. The Prophet was equipped for the task of his calling, and he was commissioned by God to go out and do it.

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There are a couple of things that strike me about all of this. The first is that God’s love and grace are deep and very great in that He would send a man with such gifting and equipping to speak when people had been ignoring God’s own voice for such a long time. It was as if God, Himself, were reaching out from heaven to interact with and to walk among His wayward and lost people. Also, it is interesting to me that God is specifically reaching out to those who are weary. The Lord knows us well beyond even our own understandings. He counts the beats of our hearts, and He comprehends the fear, anxiety, and exhaustion of our souls. So, He brings the living testimony of His Word to sooth and to strengthen us as we go about life.

 

God also walks with us, For Christ came, lived, was crucified and is risen. So, the Holy Spirit of Christ is now among us and is dwelling in us. We are the ones who are comforted by the Living Word that is Christ. Also, we are the sent ones of Christ who are called to be awakened morning by morning to hear the truth and the wisdom that God gives to His people. As Christ comforts us we are to comfort others. As He brings the wisdom of His Word to light for us, we are called to illuminate it for others through the orientation of our hearts, the actions of our lives, and courageous words that speak eternity to the weary souls who dwell in our troubled times.