It’s easy to feel ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’
That’s how the people of Israel felt exiled in Babylon, 539 BC (Isaiah 49:14). God gives comfort and strength to his weary saints. In Isaiah 49–50, the Servant speaks to us. The Servant is the one God will pull from his quiver and shoot like a polished arrow to restore His creation. The people of God, and his creation, will no longer be under spiritual oppression.
In chapter 50 verse 4, the Servant says: ‘The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He awakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.’
The Word of God is comfort for weary saints. His word sustains us until we get home to the new creation.
You might have heard of Derek Redmond. He ran the 400m at the Barcelona Olympics, 1996. Not long into the race he clutched his right leg and came tumbling down. While it looked like his race was over, from the grandstands came running a man. Olympic officials tried to stop the man from touching Derek, but he simply battled them off. He wrapped his arms around him; arm in arm they walked on. It was Derek’s Dad, there was no way anyone would stop him from helping his son finish the race. They finished together, arm in arm they got home.
God’s Servant Jesus is the one who sustains us and carries us to the end of our race, heaven in the new creation.
This week lets receive his sustaining word as we read the Bible relying on Him, arm in arm. And let’s pray for one person each day this week who needs to receive the salvation of the Servant.