Isaiah 50:4-9a … “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.” vs. 4
We get tired of the same old news as we interact with our world. Each day there are stories of disaster, conspiracy, cruelty, disappointment, terror, discontent–and it’s easy to lose hope for humanity. We long for the quiet, assuring, hopeful voice of a teacher, one who can sustain us with words of good news and peace. Such persons are like the desert rain and provide life-enhancing nutrients that keep us connected to our gracious and loving God. Such persons never come to us as know-it-alls, ones who are quick with easy answers to our heartfelt questions. Rather, they present themselves with humility and kindness, and give evidence that they have listened hard to our weighty concerns. Perhaps they have even engaged in similar struggles and have emerged bearing the scars of their encounters. As they speak we hear in their gentle tone the wisdom of the ages and the conviction that the Spirit of God is alive and well in our world. In their presence, anxiety flees and is replaced by the sure and certain knowledge that God’s love is more powerful than any other force in the universe. Morning by morning, as we absorb their convictions, we are awakened to the real joy that life in God can give, and we are blessed.
Thought for the Day: Who is my teacher?