"The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back." Isaiah 50:4-5
These are the prophetic words of the Son of God, Jesus. In these verses He reveals to us the key to becoming a true disciple of God the Father. I strongly recommend you study the whole chapter. In the verses that follow these, you see Him live out a life of total obedience to the will of the Father. For those of us who truly want to be followers of Christ these verses become our prayers to God, our Father.
When Jesus was obedient to the Father’s will by going to the cross He enabled us to become joint heirs with all that was His. (Romans 8:17) Therefore we should have the tongue of a disciple of Christ that knows how to sustain the weary one with a word. However, we cannot do so if we have not been sustained by His Words first. Look closely at the following verses. The first thing a disciple of Christ knows is He is awakened morning by morning by the Father. He has been awakened so He may listen to what the Father wants to say to His servant. A true disciple will choose to become a bondslave to Christ as He did out of His great love for the Father. The Lord God has opened His ear to hear, and He declares His obedience and He did not turn back.
Isn’t this the deepest cry in all our hearts that we might become what Jesus describes here in Isaiah? We can if we follow His example. To be a follower of Christ we must walk inside His footsteps. He will lead us on the straight and narrow path that leads to life everlasting in heaven with the Trinity. Remember the broad way leads to destruction and many will follow it. Only few will choose the straight and narrow path. (Matthew 7:13-29) Please take the time to look up these verses.
Practical application is this: We must get up every morning early enough to be alone in the secret place with our Father as Jesus did. We have the written Word, the Logos, and we have the Ramah, which is the spoken Word. We need both in our lives. I begin with worship and thanksgiving, and I read my Bible, the Logos. I then spend time praying in the Spirit, and then sit quietly waiting on the Holy Spirit to speak to me the Ramah, the spoken words we hear deep inside our spirit. I keep a journal, and whatever I hear that morning I date it, and write it inside my journal. I spend time praying, because He has revealed to me He wants to hear what is on my heart. Remember He is our Father. We who have children know how much we value hearing their hearts no matter what age they are. He feels the same way about you. I also know how much I want my children to listen to me and care what is on my heart. I try to start by asking my Father what is on His heart, but oftentimes He tells me I am on His heart! The first time I heard Him say that I was overwhelmed and speechless! But it is true. Only He can reveal to you how much He loves you. He so desires that for all His children.
I know we all have our extremely busy lives we have created, but nothing is more important than what I am sharing with you this morning. What most of us are investing all our time in is temporal, and can easily be taken from us. Ask the truckers in Canada! What I am sharing with you determines your eternity and perhaps the eternity of all the lives you encounter daily. Isn’t it about time we actually think about how it is all going to end? The only thing that cannot be taken from you in this world is your relationship with Christ. You will never be separated from Him, ever, or His love. All our achievements in this world end rather abruptly, and all our stuff is just stuff in the end that stays here. Slow down long enough to think about what really matters in life. Starting your mornings by listening to the God who created you and has a purpose for your life is a good place to start. He will radically give your life meaning and purpose far beyond anything this world has to offer, and it is everlasting.
I pray this devotional has sustained a weary one reading it this morning as we look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
We were created to be loved by Him, and when we don’t allow Him to love us we are always hungry and unsatisfied in every way. We are always striving to achieve something that is only attained by the One who created us as individuals He loves. Therefore no one can take your place in His heart. It is true. He wants to love you intimately. The only thing preventing that is you. His arms are open. Fall into them on a daily basis, morning by morning. And then may we all be able to declare with Jesus:
"The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not disobedient nor did I turn back."
In His love.
A friend shared on Facebook this incredible display of God’s glory upon Buffalo Mountain recently. May it be a reminder and encouragement of how great and good our God is.
This is really good! A good reminder for me that I haven’t been doing enough listening lately. If I don’t listen, I won’t hear, and that’s really sad.