My devotion for the day is based on Isaiah 50:2-4m where we hear God speak through his prophet, "Why when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, by my rebuke, I dry up the sea; I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink for lack of water and die of thirst. I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering." The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning, he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught."
What stands out to me to you in the second part of the passage today? For me, if we are 'taught' by the Lord, our tongues and ears will be awakened and reflect that teaching. What are the attributes of one taught by the Lord? We will sustain the weary with our words and turn the other cheek; we will be vindicated, not disgraced, and protected from our adversaries, who are still offered the grace of God.
Please pray with me; Lord, help me not get discouraged when reading difficult passages in your Word. Please speak to me through your Holy Spirit. Inspire your living Word, and may I give evidence to those I share your Word as one taught by you. In Jesus' holy name. Amen.