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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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.