The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. Isaiah 50:4-5
Jehovah takes great pleasure in his word being spoken into people’s lives. His words are beautiful, wonderful words of life and demonstrate how much he loves sinful, rebellious mankind. Since it’s so important for his word to be spread abroad, he is always seeking messengers to share his message. Isaiah was one of those messengers and in the midst of his sharing God’s word, he gave God the glory for his special ministry. There is much to learn from these two simple verses from Isaiah.
Acknowledging God’s gifts
Isaiah recognized that his ability to speak with the knowledge he had was actually a spiritual gift from God. He had received his gift only by God’s grace since he had previously been a man of unclean lips which was a reflection of an unclean heart (Isaiah 6:5). God’s grace in his life and in the lives of every believer is not only his unmerited favor toward us, but is also his ability in us to do what he calls us to do and to be what he calls us to be. Isaiah was purified by God’s touch and God’s supernatural power supplied him with the knowledge of what to say, how to say it and when to say it. But Isaiah had certain responsibilities to fulfill in order to receive from God.
In order for him to really hear what God was saying, he had to be humble enough to listen. No one can come to the Father unless the Father draws them, and Isaiah was drawn to Yahweh when Yahweh opened his ears. Isaiah did not rebel or turn away from the faith offered to him but humbly submitted his understanding to accept God’s gift of faith. His humble submission brought about obedience to God’s commands and will. The result of this obedience left him open to receive God’s knowledge. When he received this knowledge, he could then prophetically speak a word in season. In the process of hearing from God, he had to have patience by submitting his time to God morning by morning when the Lord woke him up to commune with him. He also had to have the patience to deal with his listeners, the majority of whom rejected his message. This patience allowed him to continue his concern about the people he had to minister to who were weary.
Desire to help the weary
Isaiah encountered plenty of people who were weary for various reasons. There were those who were weary of their personal struggles with their own sin which were influenced by sins of those around them. Some were weary of their labors in life, feeling overwhelmed by their many responsibilities. There may have also been those who were weary of the same old routine things happening in their lives and were looking for more fulfillment than what their ordinary lives had to offer them. Many of them must have been weary from the pain and suffering they were going through. And, of course, there must have been those who were weary with living righteously as they saw the wicked around them who seemed to prosper in their wickedness. Isaiah’s desire matched God’s in that he wanted to reach them all with a word in season from God.
Isaiah as our example
If we want to speak a prophetic word in season as Isaiah did, our character should match his. We have to realize that without Jesus Christ we can do nothing so we must acknowledge him as the originator of our gifts and the Holy Spirit as the distributor of the gifts. It is also a requirement that we humbly submit to God because he resists the proud but gives his grace to the humble so they can carry out his will in the earth. Finally, we must have concern and compassion for those who are weary in this world regardless of their status or background, including those who couldn’t care less about us.
Lord, I pray for your saints throughout the earth that you would awaken in us the desire to speak and live your word in or out of season. May your Holy Spirit speak to our spirits those things which you desire for us to accomplish while we are here. I pray we will be humble enough to listen to you and obey you as you give us the grace to carry out your will. May our hearts be focused on the eternal things that please you so we won’t be as preoccupied with the less important temporary things of this life. Soften our hearts and make us sensitive to those who are weary around us that we may know how you want us to minister to them. Amen.