6 April 2020 -Isaiah 50:4-5 (NIV)

6 April 2020 -Isaiah 50:4-5 (NIV)

Scripture

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.

Reflection

This passage juxtaposes those who are ‘weary’ and those who are ‘waken’ morning by morning to hear his words.  God is calling you to spend time with Him, listen to His instruction, and then be a source of encouragement to others.

The mental toll of uncertainty and stress can manifest itself in many ways: being short-tempered, bad sleep, binge-watching TV more than we should, succumbing to the many temptations on the Internet, and general weariness.

God sustains weary people in many ways, including through the ‘well-instructed’ words of fellow believers.  God can indeed use you to bless others by empowering you to speak life-giving truth.

During seasons of adversity, it is easy to indulge in negativity.  Our tendency is to blame and complain.  But when we allow God to work in us and through us, our words can be a source of sustenance for others.

To be a blessing to those who are weary, you must first ‘open your ears’ to God’s gentle voice.  He will both encourage and instruct you. He will reveal His love, unveil His truth, and give knowledge for yourself and others.  But it is imperative that you listen.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Life and Protection. Ask for this for the nations of the world for Shanghai and all of China. Psalm 91.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.