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Devotional - week of January 16, 2005


WORDS FOR THE WEARY

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.”  Isaiah 50:4

Isaiah 50:4 appears in the context of one of the famous “Servant passages” of the book. In this verse the Servant, Jesus, testifies of speaking “a word in season to him who is weary.”

The Servant, Jesus, says that the Father equips Him to give those words in due season by giving Him the tongue of the learned. God gives Him the exact words needed to help the weary.

In the last part of the verse Jesus speaks of the Father awakening Him and awakening His ear in the morning to hear the words He is to speak to the weary.

Over and over the Gospel of John quotes Jesus as saying that the Father tells Him what to say. Jesus testifies time and again that the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in Him. 

One is reminded of the words of Jesus, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.” Looming large in the mind of Jesus must have been thoughts of those who were laboring and heavy laden in their efforts to find acceptance with God.

Most of us are surrounded with serious-minded believers who are weary of seeking acceptance with God. Almost all we can do for them is to speak to them. They need the message of grace.

Most of us, though, know that many are far more brilliant and far more educated than we are. Satan often uses this realization to keep us from even attempting to help the weary.

We must understand that God will open our ear and give us the words that we may speak as the learned.

Our need is to experience the crucifixion of our flesh and receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. John 3:34 is a statement about Jesus. But we can accept it as a promise to us. It reads:

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.