Day 6 – Hearing And Speaking God’s Words
We all have experienced that moment when you see someone hurting and wanted to encourage them, but just didn’t know what to say.
Well, Jesus in Isaiah 50:4 tells us His secret to this awkward moment.
“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” – Isaiah 50:4
Jesus’ entire ministry was speaking life into others. If we asked Him how He did it, He may insist that we simply have an “ear to hear”. Isaiah helps remind us that Jesus was sensitive to the voice of His Father. His ability to encourage others was only possible through and His relationship with the Holy Spirit. Isaiah depicts Jesus as a yielded disciple, what Revelations 2:17 also refers to as one that has “an ear to hear”. Jesus’ ability to listen was as much a benefit to other “weary” people, as it was for himself. While having an ear to hear isn’t a new concept, for many of us it can be a lost art. Having devotional one-on-one time with God is something we overlook as we get overwhelmed by the busyness of the day; causing us to overlook the needs of others as well along the way.
Just as Jesus lead by example in hearing and speaking God’s words to others, our challenge is to do the same. To substitute noise, words of criticism, judgement, sarcasm and complaining, with quietness in order to hear and receive from the Lord. In doing so, we are to then give that same encouragement, inspiration, affirmation to others. Today we encourage you to take about 5 minutes before you start your day to meditate on Isaiah 50:4 and simply listen. You may find that your moment with God this morning will give you the words to comfort a weary person you will soon cross paths with.