The help of God cancels disgrace.
Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 50
Two aspects of life stare at you when you read this chapter of the Bible: the ability to hear from God, to speak as heard and the help which only God can give.
In verse 4, the servant says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary.” How amazing. When we tune our ears to the leading of the Master, we are filled with words of comfort for the weary among us. We are able to yield ourselves as instruments for God to use in raising people up and in keeping them from giving up.
Then in verses 7-11, we read of God’s help. The help of God cancels disgrace. When we do His will, he automatically backs us up with His help and ensures that we do not get out to shame. With God on your side, your accusers are silent. There is no condemnation for you (Romans 8:1) and no one would dare to call you guilty.
I particularly like the last verse; it says, “Watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires.” When you read the previous verse, you realize that God acknowledges that we do not know what to do sometimes and we seem to be walk in darkness but rather than push us away, he expects us to trust in Him and rely on Him (see Isaiah 42:16). What the Lord disproves of is our walking without Him – it leads to great torment, just as verse 11 says.
Prayer Point: Father, help me to hear from you and to speak the words of comfort to the weary, when needed. Help me to also trust you, no matter the situation in which I find myself. I believe in your power, Lord. Amen.