A Reason for Reading God’s Word

10 Jul

I was greatly encouraged by a verse this morning as it was expounded at our local church in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  It comes from Isaiah 50 and is oftentimes referred to as one of the “suffering servant” chapters. Hear these words as the words of God speaking to us and as the God-man, Jesus Christ, speaking of Himself:

“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.
(Isaiah 50:4)

Do you hear God calling to you in this passage? He is calling you to His Word to be sustained and to be refreshed. Do you hear Jesus in this passage?  He calls us to himself, to be sustained and refreshed: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matt. 11:28-30)”  Do you recognize what God does in and through His Word in your life?  He awakens us to it; He tunes our ears so that we might hear the music of the Gospel and receive it with great joy.

And to think that Jesus, the Great Servant, is pointed to in this verse is astonishing.  To think that He depended on the Father as we do, and that He did so perfectly, without sinning.  He gave hope and peace to the weary, fed the hungry, healed the sick, and did so all by His words.  And ultimately, He could be counted as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, the perfect substitute for us, that we might be forgiven and made righteous.

What a treasure this verse is for our souls as we live in this fallen world in which we stumble and easily become weary.  So often we forget the power and refreshment of God’s Word, yet He is always beckoning us to come, and in doing so, find rest for your souls.

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