“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away...For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed...Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.” Isaiah 50:4,5,7,10
I thought I would introduce another way to dissect scripture that you may or may not have used in your study of the bible. I find for myself, this process helps me to distinguish two areas of scripture where roles are intertwined in a series of passages. In the scripture I have used today the two roles are God's and mine. Or more accurately, they describe what God says He will do and what He requires for me to do as a response to His work and in order for Him to work through me.
As you read through each of these scenarios, think about how God has worked in your life in doing the things He says He will do and then reflect on what you can recall your responses were to His work. Did you do what He said you needed to do? Or rather, did you decided to keep the gift He gave you for yourself or did you ignore it and just roll over and go back to sleep?
May the Spirit of God lead you into a greater understanding of how God works through you as you read through the verses above and the table below.
|What God does:||What my responsibility is:|
|Gives the tongue of the learned||Speak to those who are weary and need to hear the word of the Lord and what He has taught me|
|Awakens me in the morning||Get up|
|Awakens my ear to hear and opens it to truth||Listen and not rebel or turn away from what I hear - do what God asks|
|He helps me and does not leave me disgraced||Set my face like a flint (means to be determined and focused on doing the task set before me without allowing myself to be distracted) and trust in the good outcome of my obedience|
|He will provide all the light I will need for each step He calls me to take||Fear God, obey His voice, trust Him and rely upon Him|
It is very convicting isn't it when you come to a place of realizing that God cannot work through us unless we respond to His work in our lives. We sometimes have the false impression that God will just make something happen and then we can just jump in and enjoy work He is already doing. But God is very clear in many places in the scriptures that if we do not respond to His call and His initial work then we will completely miss out on the greater work He desires to do through us.
I pray today you keep your eyes open for those initial works God is doing in your life and that you commit to taking action even before you know what the end result of your obedience will be. As the final verses above say, He will provide the light to continue to lead us as long as we fear Him, obey His voice, trust in Him and rely upon Him. That is a tall order but the product of living in God's light and the fruit produced in us in that environment is beyond compare to anything we could ever manufacture on our own.