This is part of an email I sent one of my dearest friends today. She is going thru a rough spot - and so am I.
I went to do my daily read today and somehow wound up in Isaiah instead of Jeremiah - for two hours!
I am having a really really bad day, I'm not sleeping, having b/p
problems and vicious headaches.. So I wound up "by mistake" @ Isaiah
51:4 " The LORD God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I
should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary" and that
blessed me so - it is talking about "the Servant" which of course is
Jesus. I looked up the words in Strong's, and "learned" refers to one
who has been taught and discipled, and I immediately thought of "He
learned obedience by the things that He suffered" - Jesus Himself went
thru suffering to learn, just like us. I can't imagine having the evil
one following our every step, second by second, to try and make us sin -
yet Jesus went thru that, and more, to *learn* how to speak a word "in
season" to the weary. The "in season" reminded me that, just like the
seasons of the earth, there are seasons of the soul. Spring and Summer
are full of learning, delight, and joy. He always gives us a season of
mellow rest in the autumn, before the harsh darkness of winter that
wearies the soul. And "weary" here means not just tired, but "faint,
exhausted, fatigued." I so needed that today! So I asked Him, "did You
have nasty headaches too?" And into my mind came a picture of the
crown of thorns.
Talk about piercing my heart!
Then, verse after verse, He spoke a word in season to my heart. I want to share them with you, all from Isaiah:
42:8 "A bruised reed He shall not break, and a smoking flax (very dimly
lit) He shall not quench" No matter how feeble our turning to Him, or
how "dimly lit" our spirits are, our slightest turning to Him is
encouraged, our weakest thought of Him is encouraged, and He will not
turn away from me. I may get bruised, but I will not be broken; My
spirit dim, but the tiniest spark will not be snuffed out.
"Be not afraid, for I have redeemed you ( a finished work,
pre-approved) I have called you *by name*." The King of the Universe
personally knows my name, and calls me by it. Just think of that!!
43:4 "Because *you are precious in My eyes,* you are *honored* and I
love you." Awesome!! God sees me and you as "precious" -no matter what
we do or don't do, we are precious in His sight - AND *He* honors *us*
AND He loves us!! Riches galore!!!
43:25 "It is I Who blot out
your transgressions for My Own sake, and I will remember your sins no
more." Did you catch that "for My Own sake"? It's not because we are
worthy of it, or we become perfect and never sin again (yeah, sure) it's
for *His Own* sake, nothing to do with us. He does it all!
have caused your transgressions to vanish like a cloud, and your sins
as a fog; return to Me, for I have redeemed you." My sins, your sins
have vanished "like a fog"! Fog is featureless, dark and blurry - if
the evil one keeps a list against us, even then God can't see it or read
it because our sins are just clouds and fog. And His arms are always
open to our return.
45:21b "There is no other God beside Me: I am
a righteous and rescuing God; there is no God apart from Me." No
matter how dark and difficult our way is, He is not only righteous, He
is rescuing! He will come after us in our darkness, bringing light and
love and rescue! An Awesome God, indeed!
53:6 "We, like sheep,
have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the
LORD has lain on Him the iniquity of us all." I have heard this verse a
zillion times, yet today, it stood up and waved. Our sins, every bit
of wayward iniquity in the deepest corner of our worthless hearts has
been dug out and nailed to the cross. Period. (and lain spelled
backwards is nail - just a thought.)
And thinking about sheep -
John Muir was a shepherd for awhile, in Yosemite. He talked about how
incredibly stupid sheep are. If they fall on their back when it rains,
their unshaven fleece will keep them there, soaking up water, and they
will open their mouths and drown. They will look for the teeniest patch
of grass, and will focus only on it - stepping off a cliff they didn't
"notice", walking into the jaws of a wolf, or stepping into a gopher
hole, breaking a leg. They will sometimes wander away from the herd to
give birth, making them easy prey. BUT they know their shepherds voice,
however, if they keep ignoring his voice, he will break one of their
legs, and carry them until it is healed, feeding it from his own hand,
bringing it water, comforting and protecting. After that, they will
never leave his side.
They are timid and afraid of every sound -
they will only drink from quiet water - it has to be a still pond or
they will die of thirst before they will drink. If a pack of wolves
attacks the herd, they freeze with fear and make easy pickin's. If they
stuck together and faced them down, they would chase them off.
Sometimes we do the same - isolate ourselves in our fear or weakness
instead of seeking the Body for support - and facing the evil one with
God's Word to make him flee from us.
And the shepherd becomes
coated in lanolin from the sheep's wool. they wore canvas vests that
would stand up on their own by the end of the season, pants and shoes
slick as a whistle.
And smelly. Sheep and their shepherds smell
the same - just like our sin, Jesus *became* smelly, hateful, horrific
sin to ransom us. He "smelled" like us - no sweet savor, like God loves.
He really blessed my sox off today!
I hope this blessed
you, too - God kept telling me to share what He gave me with you. I am
praying He will bring His light into your darkness and rescue you
wherever you are, calling you by name, blowing away the cloudy fog of
sins that haunts you, and give you rest from your weariness.