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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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”