Daily D – Isaiah 50:10
Who among you fears the LORD and listens to his servant? Who among you walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD; let him lean on his God.
ISAIAH 50:10 (CSB)
actually listens to the voice of his servant?
For anyone out there who doesn’t know where you are going,
anyone groping in the dark,
here’s what: Trust in GOD.
Lean on your God!
John Stallings wrote the gospel song Learning to Lean which comes to mind when reading this text. The chorus says,
Learning to lean on Jesus.
Finding more power than I’d ever dreamed,
I’m learning to lean on Jesus.
Everyone needs someone they can lean on. No one is equally and supremely strong in every area of their lives. Consider your own life. You are probably better than average in many ways. Even so, do you know anyone who is spiritually stronger than you? Is there anyone you know who is more physically disciplined than you?
Is there anyone more intellectually astute than you? Is there anyone more relationally connected than you? Is there anyone more emotionally intelligent than you? And, last, is there anyone more financially fit than you?
As for me, I can think of individuals who are ahead of me, some much further ahead of me, in each of these areas. Maybe I am more average than I thought. Maybe you are too.
One thing I know for sure, there are days, weeks, months, and so on when I cannot stand on my own two feet without assistance. God says through Isaiah here that we all need to learn to lean. The strongest thing we can do in many cases is to admit our weakness.
The Apostle Paul understood the necessity of leaning on Jesus. Listen to his personal testimony recorded in 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10:
Our Father, how weak I am! Every time I think I have mastered one area or another of my life, I discover there is growth yet to lean into. For whatever is ahead of me today, give me the wisdom to lean on you. Your foolishness is wiser than my wisdom. Your weakness is greater than my strength. I depend on you for all things at all times. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.